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The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393343144
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 13th, 2012

Maggie Nelson’s The Art of Cruelty is one of my very favorite works of criticism, an incisive and wide-ranging consideration of the aestheticization of violence across a host of media. Nelson excels at finding intersections between genres you never thought bordered one another; between criticism, poetry, and memoir, for example. And while The Art of Cruelty is closer to pure criticism than some of her more experimental books, it shares the freewheeling style and adroit attention to language that mark her very best writing.


Review by Theo