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Alice Bolin / Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession
August 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Bindery hosts a special afternoon event with Alice Bolinfor her superb debut, Bad Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession. Please join us!
In this poignant collection, Alice Bolin examines iconic American works from the essays of Joan Didion and James Baldwin to Twin Peaks, Britney Spears, and Serial, illuminating the widespread obsession with women who are abused, killed, and disenfranchised, and whose bodies (dead and alive) are used as props to bolster men’s stories. Smart and accessible, thoughtful and heartfelt, Bolin investigates the implications of our cultural fixations, and her own role as a consumer and creator.
Bolin chronicles her life in Los Angeles, dissects the Noir, revisits her own coming of age, and analyzes stories of witches and werewolves, both appreciating and challenging the narratives we construct and absorb every day. Dead Girls begins by exploring the trope of dead women in fiction, and ends by interrogating the more complex dilemma of living women – both the persistent injustices they suffer and the oppression that white women help perpetrate.
Reminiscent of the piercing insight of Rebecca Solnit and the critical skill of Hilton Als, Bolin constructs a sharp, perceptive, and revelatory dialogue on the portrayal of women in media and their roles in our culture.
“Dead Girls is everything I want in an essay collection: provocative lines of inquiry, macabre humor, blistering intelligence… I love this book.” –Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties
“Bracing and blazingly smart, Alice Bolin’s Dead Girls could hardly be more needed or more timely.” – Megan Abbott, Edgar Award-winning author of You Will Know Me
Alice Bolin is the author of Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession, a collection of essays forthcoming from Morrow/HarperCollins on June 26, 2018. It was named one of the most anticipated nonfiction reads of 2018by Bitch magazine. Kirkus called it “an illuminating study on the role women play in the media and in their own lives.”
Please note: this event will be at The Bindery at 1727 Haight.
This is an all ages event, which begins at 4pm. The bar will be open.