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The memoir Ive been waiting for: a bold, incisive, and illuminating story of a woman whose devotion to language and literature comes at a hideous cost. Its Joanna RakoffsMy Salinger Yearupdated for the age ofShe Said: a literary New York now long past; an intimate, fiercely realist portrait of a mythic literary figure; and now, a tender reckoning with possession, power, and what Jia Tolentino called the Important, Inappropriate Literary Man. A poised and superbly perceptive narration of the problems of working with men, and of loving them. (Eleanor Henderson, author of10,000 Saints)
A fiercely personal memoir about coming of age in the male-dominated literary world of the 90s, becoming the first female literary editor ofEsquire, and Miller’s personal and working relationship with David Foster Wallace
A naive and idealistic 22-year-old from the Midwest, Adrienne Miller got her lucky break when she was hired as an editorial assistant atGQmagazine in the mid-90s. Even if its sensibilities were manifestly mid-century – the martinis, powerful male egos, and unquestioned authority of kings – GQstill seemed the red-hot center of the literary world. It was there that Miller began learning how to survive in a mans world. Three years later, she forged her own path, becoming the first woman to take on the role of literary editor ofEsquire, home to the male writers who had defined manhood itself – Hemingway, Mailer, and Carver. Up against this old world, she would soon discover that it wanted nothing to do with a “mere girl”.
But this was also a unique moment in history that saw the rise of a new literary movement, as exemplified byMcSweeney’s and the work of David Foster Wallace. A decade older than Miller, the mercurial Wallace would become the defining voice of a generation and the fiction writer she would work with most. He was her closest friend, confidant – and antagonist. Their intellectual and artistic exchange grew into a highly charged professional and personal relationship between the most prominent male writer of the era and a young woman still finding her voice.
This memoir – a rich, dazzling story of power, ambition, and identity – ultimately asks the question, How does a young woman fit into this male culture and at what cost? With great wit and deep intelligence, Miller presents an inspiring and moving portrayal of a young womans education in a land of men.
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Duration: 11 hours 50 minutes
Released: 20 Nov 2002