Quick Hit

The Red Parts
Maggie Nelson, 2007

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Pros: Maggie Nelson is a master of memoir, and this autobiography following the trial of her aunt’s murderer is a brilliant examination of violence, gender, loss, and voyeurism.  Nelson gets uncomfortably close to the underside of our interest in true crime and pain, and asks the reader to consider what the re-telling of such stories means to both the subject and the object.  A perfect extended lyric essay.

Cons: For fans of clarity, Nelson still plays coy with some aspects of her life, though not nearly as much as in, say, Bluets or other more self-focused writing where lyricism takes precedence over plain old information.

The Verdict: A great introduction to Nelson, if you’ve never read her work, and if you have then snap this one up immediately.  This is writing at its finest.

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