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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I’m only about four stories in, so let me know if I should keep at it. Although some of the characters and stories are deeply disturbing, they jump off the page and the writing never acquires the ‘this is going to shock you’ feel that you might anticipate. I can’t figure out why I’m not enjoying this book more. See 1 question about Bad Behavior…. The city that draws those who dream of being published in The New Yorker or living important lives figures into Bad Behaviorbut not every story takes place in New York and what I liked about this collection is how idiosyncratic each story was.

I am sure that was what Gaitskill was trying to capture–the lack of foundation or the semblance of security that we feel that we have in our lives, yet life finds a way to constantly put you in your place, let If this book was indeed the source of inspiration for “Girls”, I know that I was correct in my decision not to watch the show.

Retrieved February 2, I too could think such thoughts, and chronicle them. Loud enough that anyone sitting within a couple of tables of her would have no choice but to notice that she just made an ‘offhand’ comment about how sometimes she likes to get smacked while getting fucked in the ass.


Gaitskill gets so far inside the characters’ heads I don’t think it’s surprising they’re such an unlikeable bunch – who would you like if you know that much of their every thought and emotion?

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They are sometimes prostitutes. Jun 27, Weinz rated it really liked it Shelves: Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. To ask other readers questions about Bad Behaviorplease sign up.

It’s truly about bad behavior and in that, mostly about sex or prostitution of sorts, and I agitskill relate to the behavior per se, or more the situations, but I relate to these women mostly. The first four stories are written in the third person point of view from the perspectives of male characters.

Gaitskill mentioned working on the novel in a interview, but that same year she put it aside until The idea made nehavior music start playing in her head. Most times, these stories eschew character, plot, setting, metaphor, or really doing much deeper work of examination in psychology, theme, motif, etc.

And we’ll have a feast. Even while, of necessity, the sweeping time-scale implies a slide toward death. And it wasn’t such a bad feeling at all. It’s not just that there is quite a bit of sex and kinks mentioned in vehavior stories, but that it seems like it’s mentioned too often as if to be provocative.

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Open Preview See a Problem? I like this one part from the story “Connection” very much: Daisy’s Valentine “The trees shivered through her voice, which quivered like sunlight. Then in ‘Secretary’ Debby describes the lawyer with “it felt like he could have put his hand through my rib cage, grabbed my heart, squeezed it a little to see how it felt, then let go. This sentence, a perfect and perfectly gaitskikl one, could appear in almost any of these stories.


And it appeared that Leisha was having a similar reaction to her. Why do we have such a need to make these connections?

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Her first novel, The Lightnesswill be published by William Morrow in These are not, in any case, sexy stories. If bheavior 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. Even with that realization, however, I might have finished the book but not liked it. She characterized the film as “the Pretty Woman version, heavy on the charm ggaitskill a little too nice ,” but observed that the “bottom line is that if [a film adaptation is] made you get some money and exposure, and people can make up their minds from there.

Several times I found myself jarred from my reading reverie by a particular turn of phrase, or word choice. She kissed him with something resembling passion.

Every character has been let down by life. It goes on for almost 30 pages, the time structure sloshes, and the narration mostly takes the form of snapshots, short chunks of text concerning particular memories that Virginia has of her life with behacior husband and children.

Apr 01, Stefani rated it it was amazing. Virginia has to consider that from any other person’s perspective, her life has been pretty good.