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Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill – A trade paperback reissue of National Book Award finalist Mary Gaitskill’s debut collection, Bad Behavior—powerful stories. This collection of nine stories by Avery Hopwood Award-winner Gaitskill marks the debut of a promising and provocative new voice. These are tales of sexual. Mary Gaitskill (born November 11, ) is an American novelist, essayist, and short story Gaitskill attempted to find a publisher for four years before her first book, the short story collection Bad Behavior, was published in The first four.

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Gaitskill is perhaps best known for her short story Secretarywhich is featured in this collection – and was made into a movie starring James Spader and Maggie Gyllenahaal.

When women want to spice up their sex lives, they don’t actually “use” anyone, they just use their imaginations and read “Fifty Shades of Grey? Virginia’s four children grow up, and there are detail-laden memories of each one. Aug 03, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Shelves: When the author presents characters at arm’s length, it’s hard for me to immerse myself in the world and care what happens to them.

The first four stories are written in the third person point of view from the perspectives of male characters.

She sold flowers in San Francisco as a teenage runaway. Virginia has to consider that from any other person’s perspective, her life has been pretty good.

Years ago, I was lucky enough to have her as a visiting professor in college. Jun 27, Weinz rated it really liked it Shelves: This book sort of follows that thought, except it’s more precise and well written and cuts straight down the middle of things. It is a about a weekend between two people who barely know eachother, and it is everything BUT romantic. Apr 01, Stefani rated it it was amazing.

The image became tiny and unnaturally white, was surrounded by darkness, then faded like the picture on a turned off TV.

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Aug 12, Maia rated it really liked it Recommended to Maia by: These stories have an edge and they will eat you for breakfast!!! In a conversation with novelist and short story writer Matthew Sharpe for BOMB MagazineGaitskill said she chose to become a writer at age 18 because she was “indignant about things—it was the typical teenage sense of ‘things are wrong in the world and I must say something.


There’s also an behavir visit from Virginia’s teenage niece, who has just gotten out of a mental hospital, and whom her mother Ann says she can’t handle anymore. Which I don’t know if you’ve seen that but it’s sexy.

She finds Fred gentler and nicer than most of her clients and when he returns over the next two nights, she admits her real name is Jane. If this book was a record it would be one of those Lou Reed albums he made in the s which no one, not even his fans, listen to any more. A look at the realities of life Jul 01, Jamilla Rice rated it liked it. I’m leaving it at a three, because her command of language still didn’t do it for me–I could almost say she was showing off with her language, but it wasn’t good enough to be show-offy–but now it’s more of a three-and-a-half than a solid three.

The characters in each of her stories grapple with the messiness of being human, and of memory and its slippery nature. Deeply sensitive and emotionally burdened people, their surfaces and interiors never synch up, not with themselves and not with anybody else in the room. Nov 17, Ben Loory rated it it was amazing.

Chrissy is completely flabbergasted about why her friend would turn to such work to which her friend responds: However, its treatment of non-sexual relationships between women turned out to be what grabbed me the most. He liked the idea in fact. Not to say it’s wholly unsexy; it’s somewhat sexy sometimes. Retrieved 5 May See 1 question about Bad Behavior….

Why do we have such a need to make these connections?

Although some of the characters and stories are deeply gaitskikl, they jump off the page and the writing never acquires the ‘this is going to shock you’ feel that you might anticipate. This book, however, had a certain raw honesty that grabs a reader by the neck and shakes gently, teasingly, and never squeezes too hard.

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There, he employs the services of “Lisette,” a prostitute he spends most of his hour talking to. By bshavior this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Was this what adults were up to all this time? I found the jumping in and out of time periods confusing throughout most of it, but it does seem to wrap up nicely in the end when you realize that the initial gaihskill takes place during the same time period as the last scene.


Both lead characters in these stories are working as prostitutes, but they don’t not gaitskilll into category A or B although I would say they are definitely exhibitionists.

I’m only about f I can’t figure out why I’m not enjoying this book more. OK, not really, but for once I wanted to be wrong. She veered between extravagant outbursts of opinion and sudden, uncertain halts, during which she seemed to look at him for approval.

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Gaitskill says that she had worked as a stripper and call girl. While she doesn’t seem to be especially vain about her own looks anymore though she once puts on a pretty blouse, she often appears mxry sweatshirts, lumpy socks, etcshe married a big, handsome, alpha-male husband and had four kids, and she’s super-vain about their looks.

Justine works through her sadomasochistic issues while Dorothy works through her up-and-down commitment to the philosophy of “Definitism” and its founder “Anna Granite” thinly veiled satires of Objectivism and Ayn Rand.

I think the only magy that she’s ever written that does not have any X-rated details would be “Tiny Smiling Daddy”, the first story in “Because They Wanted To”.

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Nov 11, Erin Rouleau rated it it was amazing. A Romantic Weekend and Secretary both explore themes of BDSM and psychological aspects of dominance and submission in sexual relationships. She was delicately morbid in all her gestures, sensitive, arrogant, vulnerable to flattery. Her fingers and hands, Constance thought, had an exposed, strangely cold mafy receptive quality, like the nose of a puppy.

It was hard not to read it as at least somewhat autobiographical; I turned it over and could see that Gaitskill had done quite all right for behaviog. As she was watching her clear the table and take the dishes to the kitchen, she could see the many aspects of her lover come forward and shyly recede with each movement; her rigid, stubborn arms, her strong shoulders positioned in a soft, demure curve, her stern chin, her luminous forehead, her odd way of stiffly holding back and gently, curiously moving forward – all spoke of her radial gradations of tenderness, sorrow and radiant, fanlike intelligence.

Apr 19, Deborah rated it really liked it.