My Misspent Youth: Essays

My Misspent Youth: Essays by Meghan Daum 1250067650 9781250067654
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Now back in print, author of The Unspeakable Meghan Daums acclaimed cult classic that revitalized the personal essay for a new generation of writers

Meghan Daum is one of the most celebrated nonfiction writers working today, widely recognized for the fresh, provocative approach with which she unearths hidden fault lines in the American landscape. From her well-remembered New Yorker essays about the financial demands of big-city ambition and the ethereal, strangely old-fashioned allure of cyber relationships to her dazzlingly hilarious riff in Harpers about musical passions that give way to middle-brow paraphernalia, Daum delves into the center of things while closely examining the detritus that spills out along the way. She speaks to questions at the root of the contemporary experience, from the search for authenticity and interpersonal connection in a society defined by consumerism and media; to the disenchantment of working in a glamour profession; to the catastrophic effects of living among New York Citys terminal hipsters.

With precision and well-balanced irony, Daum implicates herself as readily as she does the targets that fascinate and horrify her. In this stirring and surprising collection we see the emergence of a talented new voice in American writing.

: Essays

Author: Meghan Daum

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 192

Publisher: Picador

Publication Date: 2015-11-03


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