Tonight I'm Someone Else: Essays by Chelsea HodsonTonight I'm Someone Else: Essays by Chelsea Hodson

Tonight I'm Someone Else: Essays

byChelsea Hodson

Paperback | June 5, 2018

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A highly anticipated collection, from the writer Maggie Nelson has called, "bracingly good.refreshing and welcome," that explores the myriad ways in which desire and commodification intersect.

From graffiti gangs and Grand Theft Auto to sugar daddies, Schopenhauer, and a deadly game of Russian roulette, in these essays, Chelsea Hodson probes her own desires to examine where the physical and the proprietary collide. She asks what our privacy, our intimacy, and our own bodies are worth in the increasingly digital world of liking, linking, and sharing.

Starting with Hodson's own work experience, which ranges from the mundane to the bizarre-including modeling and working on a NASA Mars mission- Hodson expands outward, looking at the ways in which the human will submits, whether in the marketplace or in a relationship. Both tender and jarring, this collection is relevant to anyone who's ever searched for what the self is worth.

Hodson's accumulation within each piece is purposeful, and her prose vivid, clear, and sometimes even shocking, as she explores the wonderful and strange forms of desire. Tonight I'm Someone Else is a fresh, poetic debut from an exciting emerging voice, in which Hodson asks, "How much can a body endure?" And the resounding answer: "Almost everything."

Chelsea Hodson earned her MFA at Bennington College and has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell Colony and PEN Center USA Emerging Voices. Her work has been published in Black Warrior Review, The Lifted Brow, Hobart, The Scofield, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and more. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Title:Tonight I'm Someone Else: EssaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.25 × 5.38 × 0.68 inPublished:June 5, 2018Publisher:Henry Holt and Co.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250170192

ISBN - 13:9781250170194

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The Millions: Most Anticipated in The Great 2018 Book PreviewAV Club: The 10 books we can't wait to read in 2018Praise for Tonight I'm Someone Else:"Chelsea Hodson tests herself against her desires, grapples with their consequences, and presents a surgically precise account of what they were to her. These essays are bewitching-despite their discipline and rigor, you can smell the blood." -Sarah Manguso, author of 300 Arguments and The Two Kinds of Decay "This book has dark humor, recklessness, exhilaration. . . .I felt I was reading a writer who would tell harder truths than many other writers, and she turns this nerve against herself to good effect." -Amy HempelPraise for Pity the Animal (a chapbook):"Wild and chiseled, both. . . .Pity The Animal has its own youthful, American verve, as well as its own dedication to parataxis and precision." -Maggie Nelson"Wonderful-small and sharp as a dagger." -Molly Crabapple