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By Katie Roiphe | Comments: ( 728 ) | Date: ( Dec 07, 2019 )

This powerful collection of essays ranges from pop culture to politics, from Hillary Clinton to Susan Sontag, from Facebook to Mad Men, from Joan Didion to David Foster Wallace to most strikingly the author s own life For fans of the essays of John Jeremiah Sullivan and Jonathan Lethem.Named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times The Wall Street JournalThis powerful collection of essays ranges from pop culture to politics, from Hillary Clinton to Susan Sontag, from Facebook to Mad Men, from Joan Didion to David Foster Wallace to most strikingly the author s own life For fans of the essays of John Jeremiah Sullivan and Jonathan Lethem.Named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times The Wall Street Journal Katie Roiphe s writing whether in the form of personal essays, literary criticism, or cultural reporting is bracing, wickedly entertaining, and deeply engaged with our s and manners In these pages, she turns her exacting gaze on the surprisingly narrow minded conventions governing the way we live now Is there a preoccupation with healthiness above all else If so, does it lead insidiously to judging anyone who tries to live differently Examining such subjects as the current fascination with Mad Men, the oppressiveness of Facebook the novel we are all writing , and the quiet malice our society displays toward single mothers, Roiphe makes her case throughout these electric pages She profiles a New York prep school grad turned dominatrix isolates the exact, endlessly repeated ingredients of a magazine celebrity profile and draws unexpected, timeless lessons from news cycle hits such as Arnold Schwarzenegger s love child revelations On ample display in this book are Roiphe s insightful, occasionally obsessive takes on an array of literary figures, including Jane Austen, John Updike, Susan Sontag, Joan Didion, and Margaret Wise Brown, the troubled author of Goodnight, Moon And reprinted for the first time and expanded here is her much debated New York Times Book Review cover piece, The Naked and the Conflicted an unabashed argument on sex and the contemporary American male writer that is in itself an exciting and refreshing reminder that criticism matters As steely eyed in examining her own life as she is in skewering our cultural pitfalls, Roiphe gives us autobiographical pieces on divorce, motherhood, an emotionally fraught trip to Vietnam, the breakup of a female friendship that are by turns deeply moving, self critical, razor sharp, and unapologetic in their defense of the messy life In Praise of Messy Lives is powerfully unified, vital work from one of our most astute and provocative voices.


  • Title: In Praise of Messy Lives: Essays
  • Author: Katie Roiphe
  • ISBN: 9780812992823
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Katie Roiphe

Katie Roiphe is the author of the non fiction works The Morning After Fear, Sex and Feminism 1994 and Last Night in Paradise Sex and Morals at the Century s End 1997 Her novel Still She Haunts Me is an empathetic imagining of the relationship between Charles Dodgson known as Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell, the real life model for Dodgson s Alice s Adventures in Wonderland She holds a Ph.D in English Literature from Princeton University, and is presently teaching at New York University.


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Comments In Praise of Messy Lives: Essays

  • Ann

    Whenever a new essay by Katie Roiphe is published, I make haste to read it. I am invariably in for a good twenty minutes of fun. That is, I have fun in tracking how she will take a position that I essentially agree with, and overanalyze it, over-focus on it, over-decorate it with half-digestested statistics and generally make it unpalatable to me, until I find myself wanting to disagree with her out of pure contrariness.Let's take, for instance, the first essay in the book "The great escape". Ms [...]


  • Glenn Sumi

    If, as people say, Katie Roiphe’s a love-her-or-hate-her writer, then place me in the love camp. Or at least squarely in the like and admire camp.Throughout this highly readable and of-the-moment collection of essays, she’s clear-thinking, articulate, amusing and sharp. It’s no surprise that one of her subjects is Susan Sontag; she’s quickly becoming her generation’s premier cultural critic.Whether analyzing society’s obsession with the TV series Mad Men, recounting the ways in which [...]


  • Antigone

    My first encounter with Katie Roiphe was her 2007 release of Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Portraits of Married Life in London Literary Circles 1910-1939. I thought this was an exemplary study of the personal relationships of several literary legends, loosely tied together by the commentary of Virginia Woolf (who seemed to know them all). I've recommended this book and still do, despite the fact that it can be tough to obtain on occasion. I was then, and remain today, ignorant of her labors in th [...]


  • Katherine

    I am sheltered in the fact that I don't have much of an internet presence aside from a blog and this account. I would avoid email if I could. And thanks to years lost in slacking off and binge drinking, I'm not entirely caught up yet on either my classic feminist theory or many of its current day counterparts. So I consider myself lucky enough, whether from ignorance or apathy, to be unaware of all except the existence of a certain sentiment of hatred surrounding Katie Roiphe. I decided to self [...]


  • Tanya

    Let's say you are a suburban house wife with a lot of questions. Questions like "Is this really all there is?" or "Is safety actually first?" or "Why can't my 12 year old daughter make her own sandwich?" or "Why are mommies so mean to each other?" Or "Why do grown women refer to themselves as mommies?" Katie Roiphe might speak to you.Let's say you are the mom who is so fucking thankful to be friends with the dad who actually brings mixed drinks in his thermos to back to school night and pours fo [...]


  • mark

    ‘asked’ me if Katie’s book “met my expectations”; and also “invited” me to review it. I wasn’t going to because I like Katie Roiphe and mostly like her perspective, and the topics – Old men writers; Female writers; Uptown, downtown, & backstreet columnists; Young, whiney/wimpy/angry, male writers; Sex (the act of); Parenting; Social media; and The Internet – she chooses to write about. I also find her funny —her wit, such as she displays in the essay “The Angry Commen [...]


  • Bonnie Brody

    I just finished reading In Praise of Messy Lives: Essays by Katie Roiphe. I found it to be enjoyable and intellectually stimulating. Since she writes one of her essays on people who comment on articles (could this be similar to those of us who review books of essays?), I want to be as civilized and articulate as possible. I chose to read and finish the book, therefore my comments should reflect that.Ms. Roiphe writes about a wide range of topics. They include single motherhood and the public's p [...]


  • Morgan Schulman

    I kind of amazed how many reviewers were completely aware of the controversy surrounding this author. For those unaware- let me summarize. She is the daughter of a famous Second Wave feminist, and has spent her career bashing feminism for being "sexually conservative". She made her name in the 90s by writing a book in response to the Take Back the Night movement by basically laying out that college feminists were exaggerating rape statistics because they are anti-sex. She is known less for her w [...]


  • Nicola

    I went into this expecting personal essays and got a few of those, but largely literary and cultural criticism along with a smattering of profiles.It's a self-selecting world that she presents, one of WASPs and single moms, so surface level and so confident in assuming knowledge on the part of the reader that it doesn't seem worth the effort. I was utterly disinterested. Her criticism, though, is sharp, meticulously detailed and well-delivered. Worth a read for these alone.


  • LindaJ^

    This is a very accessible book of essays. Some, particularly the literary criticism, were quite good, while, others, especially those in life and times, were not so good. This book was published in 2012 and most of the essays seem to have been written earlier. In some instances Roiphe added a footnote addressing things that had changed since the essay was written. In 2016, there are even more disconnects, making the failure to indicate when written a real problem to evaluating the value of the e [...]


  • Terzah

    Put me in the camp of Katie Roiphe fans. In particular, I love what she has to say about the state of modern child-rearing (and she makes me very glad I don't live in New York City, where parenting sounds like even more of an earnest, exhausting and unnecessary competition than it is elsewhere).I also agree with the idea of there being merit in what she calls a messy life. While my idea of a healthy "mess" is never going to be all-night parties, adultery and/or alcoholism (Roiphe comes across as [...]


  • Candace

    Not cohesive at all. Some essays were really interesting- like The Feminine Mystique of Facebook, and some just so full of ignorance and self-congratulatory insight like The Perfect Parent: "Most of us do not raise our children amidst a sea of lovely and instructive wooden toysd healthy organic snacks." Well that's too bad for your child, who is probably playing with plastic toys that are made with hazardous materials including lead, PVC, and mercury, and too bad for the environment being that p [...]


  • Angelica

    Repetitive, uninteresting, grouchy essays about how Roiphe has, through some kind of charming aloofness, risen above the masses. These masses of course are over-reliant on technology and extremely nervous parents, the theme she beats like a dead horse in this collection.The shape of this collection, too, is a mess, there is no sense as to why these particular essays go together (a few of them are personal, some of them are literary -- the best ones, most of them are moralizing about The State of [...]


  • Stephanie

    I'm not sure this is the kind of book you can "like" or "not like." It's the kind of book that engages your brain while you're parsing the sentences and lingers in your mind even after you've finished a chapter. There is no question that Roiphe is a gifted writer, and there is plenty of incisive commentary on books, celebrities, parenting trends, culture, and life in general. But Roiphe's faintly snobby, self-congratulatory tone permeates the book, and the literary device she employs with the ov [...]


  • Aurora

    The best essays in this collection are sharp, thought-provoking and delightfully free of political correctness. I'd be very interested in reading more of Roiphe's literary and cultural criticism in the future.


  • Elizabeth

    A bit uneven. I found myself wishing there was more depth. Oh, man- I am getting older.


  • Aseem Kaul

    Katie Roiphe's 'In Praise of Messy Lives' is really two books: one, an 80-page collection of book reviews and literary criticisms is acute and engaging, combining just the right proportion of provocation and insight. I especially loved Roiphe's well-deserved encomium to Joan Didion, and am grateful for her essay on 'The Bratty Bystander', if only because it so perfectly echoes my own skepticism with the genre. The other book is a bloated, somewhat blurry commentary on our society and culture, th [...]


  • Katy Derbyshire

    Not being American, I was only vaguely aware of Katie Roiphe but was drawn in by her Guardian piece about single parenting. This collection ranges widely, with some articles less interesting for non-American readers and some universal. What struck me was that she writes about a lot of things that fascinate a lot of other journalists, but her measured tone makes her articles and opinions stand out. Take her piece about how the child is king. I must have read about a hundred similar articles (in E [...]


  • Stacey

    This collection of essays is, of course, uneven, but I enjoyed more than half of the essays, thus the rating. The essays are divided into 4 parts: autobiographical, books, messy lives and Internet-related articles. The last section is mostly terrible (Roiphe admits she rarely uses FB and hates Twitter), while the middle two sections are the best. With her PhD in lit, and her obviously long-time love of Mary McCarthy, Roiphe's best when casting a cold eye on her fellow writers and peers. I am adm [...]


  • Meg

    Immediately upon reading a review of this book in the New York Times Book Review, I set about getting my hands on it. (Okay, okay. I tagged it onto a Christmas order from . Sorry, Bear Pond Books). I have a yen for sharp social commentary, an almost visceral need to read essays entitled "The Feminine Mystique of Facebook", and a yearn for a smart, critical eye to dissect the culture I am both part, and apart, from. Roiphe's writings aren't for everyone, certainly not those with thin skin, for as [...]


  • Brenda Mengeling

    Apparently Katie Roiphe is a very controversial writer, and although I didn't agree with everything she wrote in this collections of essays, I agreed with her most of the time. The first essay was spectacular--worth the price of the book--for anyone going through a life change (in Ms. Roiphe's case separation and divorce) that is assumed to be only bad, but that also may have a hidden upside.I grew up in a home of literature professors and writers, and I myself am a scientist. I can say with gre [...]


  • Always Pink

    Fearless and fierce, clear-sighted and unforgiving. I enjoyed following Roiphe's thoughts and ideas leaning towards the unconventional and liked what she said. I'm no single mum myself but something in her exhortations of "love childs" strangely made me wish I was. She is given to quote from all sorts of intriguing sources, which made my to-be-read-list even longer. I fear Roiphe is right in her observation that we are all leading too well-kempt and ironed-out lives, all in order to fit the norm [...]


  • Shani

    I really enjoyed this book of essays until getting about 2/3 through the book. Roiphe is clearly a brilliant and independent woman, but starting around the essay about celebrity profiles she became a bit of a nag. I'm all for cultural criticism, but it just went over the top. As much as I enjoyed the essay that criticizes Maureen Dowd, there were instances where Roiphe committed the exact types of over-reaching hype-crimes that she blamed Dowd for. I wanted to like the book all the way through, [...]


  • Jennifer

    While there were some essays that felt pretty shallow, there are a few here worth the price of the ticket. I found the first essays, on divorce and single motherhood moving, and I loved the essay contrasting the Updike generation of male writers with the Jonathan Franzen generation. (any piece that brings out the crazy in Ayelet Waldman is bound to be amusing) Also, the essay on Susan Sontag was haunting.


  • Margaret

    I really enjoyed several of the essays. And I loved parts of several of the essays. But as a whole, the book felt a bit disjointed, and after a while I felt like I was getting the same themes over and over, and reading the same old rant time and again. She's an impressive wit and a deep thinker on a range of topics. She's perfect in 10-minute doses, one insightful essay at a time. After a whole book's worth, she starts to feel like work.


  • Geoffrey Rose

    An incredibly polarizing writer which makes Roiphe an interesting and provocative essayist. I didn't always agree with her (it's hard to imagine any reader would) but I appreciated her precision and her bravery. And I suppose I enjoyed her repeated take-downs of the smug, bourgeois conventionality of the urban liberal class. The personal essays are marginally better than the literary essays but the book was a terrific read throughout. Highly recommended.


  • Colleen

    Some of her essays were interesting and I didn't find her societal commentary as offensive as I had expected to based on some of the hype. She does seem annoyed with modern life at times - but in a way that being childless in a sea of child-rearing friends I can appreciate. Her essays on some books and authors weren't fascinating at all and I admit to skimming portions of those out of boredom.


  • Elizabeth

    Read this if only for the essay "The Perfect Parent". Brilliant. If you are a thinker, considerer, muller or observer of current culture, consider reading this collection of essays. It helps if you aren't easily offended by feminists or literary criticism.


  • Carol

    Loved her sometimes unusual take on various things.e with many of her observations of our current culture


  • Missy

    You might not always agree with Katie Roiphe (it would be weird if you did), but she's an excellent writer and a pleasure to read for that fact alone.


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