Daphne Merkin

"Many of the pieces are trenchant... Merkin at her best."
-- Publishers Weekly


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. 


Lush and uncensored essays on sex, shopping, Martin Scorsese, Israel, breast reduction, Gary Gilmore, depression, and other matters, by “one of the few contemporary essayists who have (and deserve) a following” (New York). “Everything Daphne Merkin writes is so smart, it shines” (Washington Post Book World).



By Daphne Merkin

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

May 27, 1997 │ $23.00 Hardcover

ISBN-10: 0156006111

ISBN-13: 978-0156006118

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