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Fierce, raw tales of love and sex and obsession--not since Ethan Canin's Emperor of the Air has there been such excitement surrounding a debut short-story collection.

Daisy's valentine -- A romantic weekend -- something nice -- An affair, edited -- Connection -- Trying to be -- Secretary -- Other factors -- Heaven. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Bad Behavior , please sign up.

Mickey I read it when I was 14, and it was way too adult for me. But then again, it didn't scar me for life. I think the only story that she's ever written t …more I read it when I was 14, and it was way too adult for me.

I think the only story that she's ever written that does not have any X-rated details would be "Tiny Smiling Daddy", the first story in "Because They Wanted To". I'd probably wait to share the rest until she was around 25, and then only if you are not related to her. See 1 question about Bad Behavior…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order.

Start your review of Bad Behavior. I've had Mary Gaitskill's novel The Mare on my shelf for a few years now. In my brain I had her filed under "Meh, she's a lady who writes about horses. Maybe I'll read her sometime. Mary Gaitskill is edgy, unsentimental, dangerously sharp. In this collection she writes about people who are in the dregs - lonely and reaching out for connection. She gives voice to those on the fringe, their desperation laced with extra darkness.

It's almost like she's trying to offend you, going out of her way to show you the dirty and dismal, putting you off with a raft of unlikable characters For example: Miserably, she tried to gain a sense of proportion. She stared at the flowers. They were an agony of bright, organized beauty. And she has this way of saying things in an unconventional way, but makes perfect sense to me. Like this: My heavy oak desk was an idiot standing against a wall covered with beige plaster.

Who hasn't had an idiot of a desk? Oh, I wish I'd written this first. Most of the stories take place in Manhattan, but in the context of rougher city life.

No one in these pages is living it up on Park Avenue. I found it interesting to learn that Gaitskill worked as a stripper and call girl in her youth, because several stories feature prostitutes who are struggling writers. This woman knows of what she writes. The stories are frank, engaging, often unresolved glimpses of tough experience, especially for the young female artist. All the characters are struggling in their own way to find connection, whether romantic or friendship or sexual.

Their interior lives are richly portrayed. We are taken right into the intricacy of their thought and feeling with brazen honesty. What struck me is these people, these struggling, lost 'nobodies' have such a rich inner life that one can't help but take them very seriously. Who cares about their questionable morals? I love Gaitskill's middle finger to the morality police, the happily-ever-after bullshit found in so many books I hope I never read.

Ones about horses, maybe. Thank goodness this isn't one of them. View all 33 comments. Jul 05, Janice rated it did not like it Shelves: neverfinished , kindling , don-t-judge , do-not-resuscitate , i-love-new-york , nys-writer-s-institute.

I know I probably sound like a lunatic, and maybe I am. Anyway, none of my usual victims have been willing to engage with me OK, not really, but for once I wanted to be wrong.

For these reasons I decided to step outside of my admittedly narrow comfort zone, and give this a try. So, what started out as a mild distaste with a pinch of schadenfruede eventually devolved into a full on hate-read. For the uninitiated, the hate-read, which is analogous to its more ubiquitous and slutty cousin, the hate-fuck, is an activity wherein one disseminates written content with the distinct objective of deriding it.

For me, this activity is normally limited to certain websites I peruse on the internet e. Thus, I have never hate-read an actual book, until this one.

Gaitskill is perhaps best known for her short story Secretary , which is featured in this collection - and was made into a movie starring James Spader and Maggie Gyllenahaal. I realized that the same two stories kept repeating themselves interchangeably. Dig it: depressive, college-educated, bohemian, aspiring writer, becomes a prostitute and her favorite client falls in love with her. Hilarity ensues. Tragedy ensues. Humiliation ensues. You get the idea. The stories were dull, trite, and meaningless.

I love you. The image became tiny and unnaturally white, was surrounded by darkness, then faded like the picture on a turned off TV. Come back. Twenty-four years later, these themes fail to raise an eyebrow, although they did elicit many an eyeroll , leaving the stories feeling flat and meaningless.

Not even the shreds of gratification received from hate-reading could save this. These stories left me feeling empty and mean. I find the outside world too depressing. Any woman that shows up to read an excerpt from one of her books, braless, is dying for attention.

But the difference is I was 19 years old when I would pull those cheap stunts. My point is, although some women may be susceptible to stooping to such vulgar bids for attention, most have the sense to grow out of it. View all 35 comments. Published in , these nine darkly wondrous stories rebelliously refuse to conform; several involve abnormal sexual behavior, but not all.

Several take place in Manhattan, but not all. Several are third person accounts, but not all. Several feature female protagonists, but not all. In spite of the eclecticism, I felt a thrill at discovering each entry, which felt like time capsules from the late 20th century, bottled wi My introduction to the fiction of Mary Gaitskill is Bad Behavior: Stories.

In spite of the eclecticism, I felt a thrill at discovering each entry, which felt like time capsules from the late 20th century, bottled with hang-ups and distractions that impeded happiness in a certain place or time.


Bad Behavior

I had just graduated from college and moved from rural Vermont to New York City, and I had very little idea what I was doing. I got an internship at a culture website, and then, after a few months, I also got my first real job: sitting at the front desk at NYLON magazine. Most days I arrived at 8am and left at 8pm. I was miserable. Then I found Mary Gaitskill. I found them astonishing.


Mary Gaitskill

The guttural hiss of the steamer and the shouts of the baristas are too loud to hear ourselves speak so we take our flat whites and sit out on a low pavement bench that is shaded from the hot morning sun. At 61 Gaitskill is still in full possession of the dramatic cheekbones and pale blue eyes that stared out from the author photograph on her landmark debut collection of fiction, Bad Behavior , 28 years ago. She did for the New York short story back then something comparable to what Debbie Harry had done a few years earlier for the New York popular song: invested it with stark attitude and jagged lived emotion. So, in a strange way, I got to act that out in burlesque. I could make fun of it and yet have the experience. It was like taking on various personas and throwing them off right away.


On Mary Gaitskill’s Bad Behaviour

Image: Mary Gaitskill c Hillary Harvey. The protagonist Beth and her unnamed male lover spend a weekend together on the mutual understanding that she is a masochist derives pleasure from pain, emotional and sexual, inflicted on her and he is a sadist derives pleasure from hurting others. In this way, they seem to fulfil archetypal gender roles: she is desperate to melt, swoon, lose herself entirely in the overwhelmingly strong embrace of her man. He asserts too rigid boundaries; he is aloof, cold, cruel.

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