Dreaming of Hitler

Few writers today have created more stir than Daphne Merkin, who is admired as much for her personal daring as for the wit and power of her prose. Whether writing about the subversive thrill of shoplifting of her own cosmetic surgery "fix," Merkin is tough-minded, compulsively readable, and at times recklessly candid.

The bold and startling title essay, in which she confronts the demons of the Holocaust, is this gifted, provocative writer at her most affecting. And the now-celebrated essay on the sexual pleasure of spanking, which caused a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker, is Merkin at her best – bold, bracing, intelligent and richly entertaining, illuminating and often tragicomic secrets that show how we really live today.

Daphne Merkin is a writer who is unafraid to confront the dark night of her own exacting, inquisitive soul.
— Elle