Kudos

Patricia Lockwood writes:

The observation that some people do not like Rachel Cusk is so omnipresent in criticism of her work that it’s surprising no one’s ever led off a review with ‘I, too, dislike her.’ These observations are generally accompanied by photos or illustrations of her in which she looks at you both directly and flinchingly, almost always with a strand of hair in the centre of her forehead, with a smile somewhat like Edna O’Brien’s – another writer who seemed to rouse hatred for her disarranged hair as much as for her books, another writer who went to convent school. This is the sort of education that can unfit you afterwards for normal conversation, that can make the suburbs seem beyond your power of understanding as you drive home past them from the locked-in place. You suspect that even from the other side of the frame she is noticing you, and people who notice are inconvenient, if not uncivilised. It would, after all, be uncomfortable to be on a ferry with Cusk as she visibly or invisibly observed that you had the ‘face of a withered Memling damsel’. That is, in the language of one of the places where Cusk grew up (LA), ‘way harsh, Tai’.

(LRB 10 May 2018)

Other Titles of Interest

The Lucky Ones

Rachel Cusk

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The much-praised new novel from award-winning author Rachel ...

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A Life’s Work: On Becoming a Mother

Rachel Cusk

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When it was first published, Cusk’s memoir of new ...

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Transit

Rachel Cusk

Patricia Lockwood writes:

The observation that some people do not like Rachel ...

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Outline: A Novel

Rachel Cusk

Patricia Lockwood writes:

The observation that some people do not like Rachel ...

£8.99

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