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Title:The Effect of Living Backwards
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Publisher:Virago Press
ISBN:184408177X
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Number of Pages:336
Category:Fiction, Novels, Contemporary

The Effect of Living Backwards by Heidi Julavits

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Effect of Living Backwards Does Alice really hate her sister or is that love Was she really enrolled in grad school or was that an elaborate hoax Is this really a hijacking or is it merely the effect of living backwards

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Each year i the Believer i devotes an entire issue to film This year s March April Film Issue features a free DVD of Laurel Nakadate s haunting and controversial feature film The Wolf Knife Following two teen girls on a doomed journey that takes them from the Florida suburbs to Nashville Nakadate s work introduced here by Deb Olin Unferth examines desire domination and voyeurism The issue also includes original essays by Michael Atkinson on the defunct pulp magazine The Monster Times Adrian Van Young watching entire horror movie franchises in a hour period Claire Harlan Orsi on slapstick as it appears in the films of the Marx Brothers and the work of Nabokov Theodore McDermott on the completely unacceptable films of Bobcat Goldthwait and Lili Anolik on Deep Throat and the mainstreaming of porn There are interviews with director Nora Ephron actor Jeffrey Wright and video artist Mika Rottenberg Geoff Dyer on Tarkovsky as well as horrible advice by Lena Dunham columns by Nick Hornby Daniel Handler and Greil Marcus and the announcement of the editors shortlists for the i Believer i Book Award and the second annual i Believer i Poetry Award, This volume collects the finest essays from the second half of the i Believer i s decade long and counting run The i Believer i the McSweeney s published four time nominee for the National Magazine Award is beloved for tackling everything from pop culture to ancient literature with the same sagacity and wit and this collection cements that reputation with pieces as wildly diverse as the magazine itself Featured articles include Nick Hornby on his first job Rebecca Taylor on her time acting in no budget horror movies Francisco Goldman on the failings of memoir in dealing with personal tragedy Megan Abbott and Sara Gran on V C Andrews and the secret life of girls and Brian T Edwards on Western pop culture s influence on Iran i Read Harder i collects some of the finest nonfiction writing published in America today from the profound to the absurd the crushing to the uplifting As the i Believer i enters its second decade i Read Harder i serves as both an essential primer for one of the finest strangest magazines in the country and an indispensable stand alone volume br, The i Believer i is a monthly magazine where length is no object It features long articles interviews and book reviews as well as poems comics and a two page vertically oriented Schema spread more or less unreproduceable on the web The common thread in all these facets is that the i Believer i gives people and books the benefit of the doubt the working title of this magazine was the i Optimist i br br On each issue Charles Burns s beautiful illustrations adorn the cover our regular raft of writers artists and photographers fill the pages and the feel of the Westcan Printing Group s gorgeous Roland Enviro Natural recycled acid free heavy stock paper warms your heart, b In late afternoon on November sixteen year old Mary Veal was abducted after field hockey practice at her all girls New England prep school Or was she b br br A few weeks later an unharmed Mary reappears as suddenly and mysteriously as she disappeared claiming to have little memory of what happened to her Her socially ambitious mother a compelling if frosty woman descended from a Salem witch is concerned that Mary has somehow been sullied by the experience and sends her to therapy with a psychologist named Dr Hammer br br Mary turns out to be a cagey and difficult patient Dr Hammer begins to suspect that Mary concocted her tale of abduction when he discovers its parallels with a seventeenth century narrative of a girl who was abducted by Indians and who caused her rescuer to be hanged as a witch Hammer eager to further his professional reputation decides to write a book about Mary s faked abduction a project her mother sanctions because she d rather her daughter be a liar than a rape victim br br Fifteen years later Mary has returned to Boston for her mother s funeral Her abduction real or imagined has tainted many lives including her own When Mary finds a suggestive letter sent to her mother she suspects her mother planned a reconciliation before her death Thus begins a quest that requires Mary to revisit the people and places in her past br br i The Uses of Enchantment i weaves a spell in which the reader sees how the extraordinary power of a young woman s sexuality and the desire to wield it have a devastating effect on all involved The riveting cat and mouse power games between doctor and patient and between abductor and abductee are gradually dreamily revealed along with the truth about what actually happened in br br Heidi Julavits is in full command of her considerable gifts and has crafted a dazzling narrative sure to garner her further acclaim as one of the best novelists working today