Because They Wanted To [Mary Gaitskill] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Because They Wanted To by Mary Gaitskill. Charles Scribners. With her crisp prose and withering eye for detail, Gaitskill invests these scenes with psychological vividness and desolate poignancy. The title story is a portrait of. Because They Wanted To. By MARY GAITSKILL. Simon & Schuster. CHAPTER ONE. Read the Review. Tiny Smiling Daddy. He lay in his reclining chair, barely.
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Be the first to ask a question about Because They Wanted To. Lists with This Book. Jan 09, y rated it liked it. The first pages of Mary Gaitskill’s writing that I read was a lot of fun – I was nodding along and “oh my god, totally” -ing with her descriptions of uncertain people in uncertain situations.
Because They Wanted To
So then I went on a Mary Gaitskill binge – I read everything she wrote, and realized that I was re-reading those pages over and over becakse, with different names but similar characters in slightly different situations.
Bscause can’t recall a single short story or character because they’re all cut fro The first pages of Mary Gaitskill’s writing that I read was a lot of fun – I was nodding along and “oh my god, totally” -ing with her descriptions of uncertain people in uncertain situations. I can’t recall a single short story or character because they’re all cut from the same cloth.
All I remember is someone smoking, someone eating sausages, someone in an awkward conversation with a former lover I like figuring out that a person is wistful yet ferocious by her actions, thought processes, etc. Not only does she take out all the fun of getting to know a character, she also makes it easier for herself beccause then she doesn’t have to show you that the person is wistful yet ferocious, she puts you in a position becausee you have to take her word for it.
Mary Gaitskill is fun at the beginning, but her shtick gets old pretty quickly. Apr 02, Allison Floyd rated it liked it Shelves: You begin a story like that, and it’s brave and honest and true, and then I realize And your stories are depressing.
Nary there’s a truckload of insight at work here, and occasionally dark humor rears its head, but really, these stories conjure dust bunnies sulking on dull linoleum. Transfixing dust bunnies, “Today the clerk in the fancy deli next door asked me how I was, and Maryy said, ‘I have deep longings that will never be satisfied.
Transfixing dust bunnies, vy dust bunnies. This collection is like the gentle, lurching violence of a typical bus ride to a destination you don’t particularly want to arrive at, but can’t avoid. What you have to say about loneliness, longing, desperation, and the predatory and sad and silly and tender aspects of human nature rings true.
Because They Wanted To by Mary Gaitskill
I relate too much. But there are no moors in your stories, Mary Gaitskill. See, in reading this collection, I realized yet again that I like my depression dark and dramatic, with plenty of brooding atmosphere. I suppose it’s the recovering goth in me. Why settle for quiet desperation when you can have noisy futility? I’ll take Wuthering Heights over the withering depths, no matter maty deftly rendered and they are.
What I mean to say is, for me, these stories inspired deep longings, which they left unsatisfied. Aug 02, Brent rated it really liked it. Not as good as Don’t Becahse, but still wonderful. Pardon the cliched language but Gaitskill’s writing really brings you into the ether through the abyss. It is lurid and sublime and can be heartbreaking in a bunch of ways you never really experienced as a reader. A real Romantic rooted in the physical aspect of existence. You emerge from the filth knowing that Love Is Real.
In my experience there is no living author who can write music or sex like Mary Gaitskill, which makes perfect sense. She has Not as good as Don’t Cry, but still wonderful. She has truly triumphed in expressing in words these things which can be so beyond them.
Book Review: “Because They Wanted To” by Mary Gaitskill (A Collection of Short Stories)
Jan 11, Andy rated it it was amazing. Mary Gaitskill is probably best known among the general public as the author of the short story the movie Secretary is based on, to the extent that hers is a familiar name beyond circles of serious readers. Her work is often almost u Mary Gaitskill is probably best known among the general public as the author of the short story the movie Secretary is based on, to the extent that hers is a familiar name beyond circles of serious readers.
Her work is often almost unrecognizably raw among writers of comparable skill and vision — the title story of this collection deals with a runaway teenaged girl who leaves the children she is babysitting when it begins to appear that their mother will ro return. These aren’t stories that lend themselves to Hollywood endings, at least not as Gaitskill has written them. Her work might just hit too close to home.
Tey she writes with such clear-headed sympathy for her characters, and presents their most complex emotional states with such accuracy, that the insight her writing provides is matched by the aesthetic pleasure readers will discover in her taut, biting prose. We turn away at our beccause risk. May 17, Amanda rated it liked it. I was so conflicted about this book. I really wanted to like it, but there were a amry things that I had a hard time getting past.
On the positive side, the author’s skill is not in question–she is in a class by herself when describing her characters’ innermost thoughts. As a reader, it was nice to feel as if I was discovering an overt fact about the character, when in actuality, the true nature of mxry character was thwy through subtext.
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Also, Gaitskill reminds me of Checkov in how detached I was so conflicted about this book. Also, Gaitskill reminds me of Checkov in how detached she is in revealing these facts. She applies the same detachment when describing a rape scene as she does when describing a character sipping water. That said, I hated all of her characters.
And that was not the author’s intention. It didn’t bother me that they were all seedy–that’s cool to read, actually. It’s that her characters are always analyzing themselves and speaking psycho-babble to each other, and it read as whiny to me.
That was distracting for me–it interrupted the flow of the story. The copy I borrowed from the library has some great marginalia: Perhaps reading several stories at a time heightened my awareness of how these men and women clutch at cruelty, indifference, and aggression as The copy I borrowed from the library has some great marginalia: Perhaps reading several stories at a time heightened my awareness of how these men and women clutch at cruelty, indifference, and aggression as if it were love.
There is a contradiction between what they say they want and what they seek out or accept. The characters are like crabs scuttling around, tentatively circling each other from deep within their shells.
Her clean, precise writing style works so well against the emotional intensity of the stories. Like trying to be analytical amidst a panic attack.
Dec 16, Ben Bush added it Shelves: I’d read the first short story from this collection “Tiny Smiling Daddy” in an anthology and hadn’t really been into it but ended up at a reading of hers recently and was super-impressed. She was polite and almost seemed fragile until someone said something she disagreed w I’d read the first short story from this collection “Tiny Smiling Daddy” in an anthology and hadn’t really been into it but ended up at a reading of hers recently and was super-impressed.
She was polite and almost seemed fragile until someone said something she disagreed with and she was quite intense in her response. I tend to read more thinky rather than emotional writing but this book was exactly what I needed. It made me laugh outloud more than anything in recent memory and yet it’s for the most part a very sad collection of stories about the pain and cruelty that people inflict in their attempts to love.
I was particularly struck by “The Dentist,” “The Blanket” and “The Girl on the Plane,” although maybe their somewhat more male focus appealed to me. I read the second half largely on a flight and it was funny to read “The Girl on the Plane” immediately after sitting down.
To me the story series, which concludes it is maybe the least successful. I think because of its first person narrator, it starts to feel more like thinly veiled autobiography in a way that was kind of unappealing. Also, there may have been in increase in the percentage of abstract adjectives, but even these stories weren’t bad.
Conversely, the story “Kiss and Tell” which feels more schematic than the others is interesting primarily as Gaitskill thinking about the ethics of using her own life in her writing. Recommended by Emily, who suggested that I check out the story “The Dentist,” after my recent flurry of dental activity.
I also had a mild crush on my wholesome cosmetic dentist, but I never went on a date with him. In fact, he referred me to his wife, who is also a cosmetic dentist, and is a gorgeous blond. If this happened in a Mary Gaitskill story, it would have been more fucked up and sexual. The story “Because They Wanted To” is about babysitting. I also babysit, for an infant, but again, m Recommended by Emily, who suggested that I check out the story “The Dentist,” after my recent flurry of dental activity.
I also babysit, for an infant, but again, my experience of it is so much more wholesome than of the protagonist in this story, who doesn’t know how to change a diaper, is babysitting in the projects, and is forced, ultimately, to abandon the children — sort of!
The worst thing I do at babysitting is eat all of the good food in the fridge. So, thank you Emily, for recommending this book which would resonate with my life in so many ways. Aug 08, Alyssa Knickerbocker rated it really liked it.
People always use the word “depraved” to describe Mary Gaitskill’s characters