do you want an advance copy of my book?
perhaps you can have one!
In non-man-related-news, my publisher is letting me do a book giveaway! This means that five of you can win an advanced copy of my forthcoming book, All Things Are Too Small, which will be published on April 2, 2024. (Obviously, I would *love* if you would also encourage your friends and enemies to spend money pre-ordering it.) To enter, fill out this Google Form here with your email and mailing address and, via some opaque mechanism that I do not understand, my publisher and I will select five of you to whom to give books. You have to be older than eighteen and you also have to be in America! And you have until December 18th at midnight! Horrifying yet electrifying to have this document on my computer transform before my very eyes into a physical object that others can pick up and hold!!!! Hope you get a copy and also hope that, once you have a copy, you like it! Oy!
More about the book (I didn’t write this copy; I would never call myself “brilliant and stylish,” I promise):
A glorious call to throw off restraint and balance in favor of excess, abandon, and disproportion, in essays ranging from such topics as mindfulness, decluttering, David Cronenberg, and consent.
In her debut essay collection, “brilliant and stylish” (The Washington Post) critic Becca Rothfeld takes on one of the most sacred cows of our time: the demand that we apply the virtues of equality and democracy to culture and aesthetics. The result is a culture that is flattened and sanitized, purged of ugliness, excess, and provocation.
Our embrace of minimalism has left us spiritually impoverished. We see it in our homes, where we bring in Marie Kondo to rid them of their idiosyncrasies and darknesses. We take up mindfulness to do the same thing to our heads, emptying them of the musings, thoughts, and obsessions that make us who we are. In the bedroom, a new wave of puritanism has drained sex of its unpredictability and therefore true eroticism. In our fictions, the quest for balance has given us protagonists who aspire only to excise their appetites. We have flipped our values, Rothfeld argues: while the gap between rich and poor yawns hideously wide, we strive to compensate with egalitarianism in art, erotics, and taste, where it does not belong and where it quashes wild experiments and exuberance.
Lush, provocative, and bitingly funny, All Things Are Too Small is a subversive soul cry to restore imbalance, obsession, gluttony, and ravishment to all domains of our lives.
No purchase necessary. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. who are age 18 or older and of the legal age of majority. Entry period begins at 9:00am ET on December 6th, 2023, and ends at 11:59 pm ET on December 18th, 2023. Void where prohibited. For full Official Rules, visit: https://shorturl.at/bpwFM. Sponsored by Henry Holt and Company, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271. The Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Substack.