Tonight I'm Someone Else
by Chelsea Hodson
Pub Date 05 Jun 2018
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"I had a real romance with this book." —Miranda July
A highly anticipated collection, from the writer Maggie Nelson has called, “bracingly good…refreshing and welcome,” that explores the myriad ways in which desire and commodification intersect.
From graffiti gangs and Grand Theft Auto to sugar daddies, Schopenhauer, and a deadly game of Russian roulette, in these essays, Chelsea Hodson probes her own desires to examine where the physical and the proprietary collide. She asks what our privacy, our intimacy, and our own bodies are worth in the increasingly digital world of liking, linking, and sharing.
Starting with Hodson’s own work experience, which ranges from the mundane to the bizarre—including modeling and working on a NASA Mars mission— Hodson expands outward, looking at the ways in which the human will submits, whether in the marketplace or in a relationship. Both tender and jarring, this collection is relevant to anyone who’s ever searched for what the self is worth.
Hodson’s accumulation within each piece is purposeful, and her prose vivid, clear, and sometimes even shocking, as she explores the wonderful and strange forms of desire. Tonight I'm Someone Else is a fresh, poetic debut from an exciting emerging voice, in which Hodson asks, “How much can a body endure?” And the resounding answer: "Almost everything."
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“Hodson’s essays have such a sexy drama to them—and ultimately it’s
the romance of just getting through life; the passion that comes from
being a wholly alert woman and living to tell about it. I had a real
romance with this book.”
“Chelsea Hodson tests herself against her desires, grapples with
their consequences, and presents a surgically precise account of what
they were to her. These essays are bewitching―despite their discipline
and rigor, you can smell the blood.”
―Sarah Manguso, author of 300 Arguments and The Two Kinds of Decay
“Chelsea Hodson is my favorite essayist. Her work is like the desert:
clean and mysterious and full of skeletons. I'll make a prediction: Tonight I'm Someone Else will go down as a classic.”
―Scott McClanahan, author of The Sarah Book
“Her essays are a specialized artform where poetry meets philosophy.
They reflect on the gruesome side of being a woman in the excellent
tradition of Joan Didion and Sylvia Plath. I highly recommend Chelsea
Hodson's book to all readers.”
―Atticus Lish, author of Preparation for the Next Life
“This book has dark humor, recklessness, exhilaration. . . .I felt I
was reading a writer who would tell harder truths than many other
writers, and she turns this nerve against herself to good effect.”