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 have to say that I am shocked to have enjoyed this collection as much as I did. Beth is far too strong-willed and opinionated to function as the masochist she’s billed herself as, while his dominant tendencies to insult or hurt her only seem to annoy and bore her.

Not to say it’s wholly unsexy; it’s somewhat sexy sometimes. Gaitsjill thought o While walking back from the laundrymat because this is a thing New Yorkers do, we walk our laundry home after doing it it being laundry, not “it”, I’m not the sort of person who does base things like that.

In places there were surprising duplications, some of which may have been echoing themes but they felt like good ideas re-hashed.

It is a about a weekend between two people who barely know eachother, and it is everything BUT romantic. This is a very sensuous story, as Virginia’s mode of taking in the world is primarily sensuous and aesthetic: Take for instance the closing moments of the ultimate story in Bad Behavior where Gaitskill paints the image of what’s left of the family sitting down to dinner of steak and pasta, where the patriarch remarks that this is “just like heaven. The book is centered on the narrator, a former fashion model and her friend Veronica who contracts AIDS.

It was a 3-month advanced fiction writing workshop in which she did very little indeed she is as strange behqvior person as her voice appears in her writing but the little she DID do, was extraordinary.


That’s what I was trying to describe in her. Epiphanies beahvior emotional breakthroughs are rare, but small meannesses are common. Nov 13, MissBecka rated it liked it Shelves: They’re vignettes about relationships, set in sexy contexts. Overall, this book is a good, easy-to-read, thinking woman’s collection. Any woman that shows up to read an excerpt from one of her books, braless, is dying for attention.


marh Or should that be plural? Virginia has her ups and downs, but ultimately, she is a woman who cannot help but savor the world. She is definitely into it. The last two essays are my favorite – not overtly sexual, or at all, and just expansive and not all bleakness.

Article continues after advertisement. Even with that realization, however, I might have finished the book but not liked it. I thought of a few things, and they seemed sort of worth mry but when I got home I decided to look at a review I wrote about three and half years ago for the other Mary Gaitskill collection I’d read, and I found that some of the very witty things I thought of saying I’d actually already said in less witty formats.

Sure, no one in this book has a cell phone. These are not experiences I have ever seen portrayed in literature, and I found their representation here refreshing and identifiable. She liked this vicarious view of herself; mry excited and reassured her. She is sort of into it—it makes her both masturbate furiously and hate herself more. It was driving me bananas that she kept referring to them as if they were interchangeable terms.

Hyper-aware of his prospects, Joel has yet to find a woman to accommodate him. I nearly put the book down because its treatment of everything seemed so distant and no one seemed to like anyone else much at all.

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Even more unsettling, I am deeply familiar with every crimped ambition, tainted motive and blurred behavuor of the part-time prostitutes, full-time lechers and would-be creative giants that leaks through in these queasy, heartrending depictions of the individual and global entropy that seems to be the bedrock of civilized society.

I love the ambiguous characters. Fierce, raw tales of love and sex and obsession–not since Ethan Canin’s Emperor of the Air has there been such excitement surrounding a debut short-story collection.


Secretary is the only story in the book written in the first person point of view. Through four books over eighteen years, Mary Gaitskill has been formulating her fiction around the immutable question of how we manage to live in a seemingly inscrutable world. If they are, she is very good at creating that character, but in this collection the other characters feel either flat or like wooden set-pieces.

Preview — Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill. Twenty-four years later, these themes fail to raise an eyebrow, although they did elicit many an eyerollleaving the stories feeling flat and meaningless. What is kind of funny though is that the one story where I don’t remember there being any overt mention of sex, or a woman liking to get smacked around is the only story that I thought failed which I now I just read through the blurbs and one of them said that this story was the best of the collection, oh well.

Gaitskill’s language is precise and quite cold. My point is, although some women may be susceptible to stooping to such vulgar bids for attention, most have the sense to grow out of it.

The main woman characters are much more believable, although they generally seem to be the same character with a few changes.

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She was in love with the idea of intelligence and overestimated her own. Through her characters inner and outer life we see both the ugly and beautiful of the human condition. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

I know I probably sound like a lunatic, and maybe I am. Jul 08, Jen Knox rated it it was amazing. Will write more abt it soon. Although some of the behaavior 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.

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