“This Is Pleasure”
The New Yorker
Fiction by Mary Gaitskill: “At first, the suit was not against me but against the publishing house, and all she wanted was a payment, which the company was prepared to make—as long as she kept quiet about her complaints.”
Leave it to Mary Gaitskill to write stingingly, perfectly about "weird lunches" and the kind of harassment that is most prevalent in certain industries.
The first thing I read this morning was this Mary Gaitskill novella that, I suspect, will be read fairly widely in book publishing land.
“The best story is one that reveals a truth, like something you see and understand in a dream but forget as soon as you wake up.” Good lord is she phenomenal 💥🔥💥🔥💥”This Is Pleasure,” by Mary Gaitskill | The New Yorker
Mary Gaitskill's account of the artworld's intersection with #metoo is so deeply accurate. If we need a contemporary case for the power of fiction to tell complex truths, this is it.
This is an excellent short story. Ppl in media/publishing will especially identify. “This Is Pleasure,” by Mary Gaitskill | The New Yorker
Sitting here in Rome reading Mary Gaitskill’s powerful new novella: “Now the truth is that I’m the man in the sexy artist’s video, kneeling and barking for a kiss. Really, I’ve always been him. “ One of her best...This Is Pleasure”
This may be the best thing Mary Gaitskill has ever
So so good, as always from Gaitskill. h/t