Nobody's Looking at You: Essays

Nobody's Looking at You: Essays

"Malcolm is always worth reading; it can be instructive to see how much satisfying craft she brings to even the most trivial article." --Phillip Lopate, TLS

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. One of BBC Culture, Lit Hub, O, the Oprah Magazine, and The New York Times's Books to Read this February

Janet Malcolm's previous collection, Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers, was "unmistakably the work of a master" (The New York Times Book Review). Like Forty-One False Starts, Nobody's Looking at You brings together previously uncompiled pieces, mainly from The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books.

The title piece of this wonderfully eclectic collection is a profile of the fashion designer Eileen Fisher, whose mother often said to her, "Nobody's looking at you." But in every piece in this volume, Malcolm looks closely and with impunity at a broad range of subjects, from Donald Trump's TV nemesis Rachel Maddow, to the stiletto-heel-wearing pianist Yuju Wang, to "the big-league game" of Supreme Court confirmation hearings. In an essay called "Socks," the Pevears are seen as the "sort of asteroid [that] has hit the safe world of Russian Literature in English translation," and in "Dreams and Anna Karenina," the focus is Tolstoy, "one of literature's greatest masters of manipulative techniques." Nobody's Looking at You concludes with "Pandora's Click," a brief, cautionary piece about e-mail etiquette that was written in the early two thousands, and that reverberates--albeit painfully--to this day.

Title:Nobody's Looking at You: Essays
ISBN:9780374279493

    Nobody's Looking at You: Essays Reviews

  • Text Publishing

    ‘Malcolm as a whole sets a gold standard of performance for any journalist…It’s wise to expect the unexpected.’ Australian‘Few writers pay attention with the precision, acuity and patience [...

  • Kasa Cotugno

    Janet Malcolm has an intense curiosity which, when combined with her impressive scholarship, has resulted in essays that go above and beyond any surface treatment of a subject. Also, being a lifelong ...

  • Melissa Dee

    I read several of these essays when they were first published; returning to them after several years was like meeting up with an old friend on the street. Janet Malcom subtly illuminates the everyday....

  • Mandy

    This collection of reviews, essays and profiles form New Yorker contributor Janet Malcolm is a real treat. Elegantly and clearly written, the articles in this collection cover a range of subjects and ...

  • Anneke

    Book Review: Nobody’s Looking At You: EssaysAuthor: Janet MalcolmPublisher: Farrar, Straus and GirouxPublication Date: February 19, 2019Review Date: February 13, 2019I received a free copy of this b...

  • marcia

    The New Yorker profiles is the strongest part of the book, the piece on Yuja Wang is my favorite. ...

  • Jill Blevins

    You know you want to read The New Yorker as soon as it lands in your hands, but somehow you never get past the first few pages. Then it sits there, beckoning you with unread, beautiful places you'll g...

  • Beck

    Janet Malcolm's Nobody's Looking at You is a collection of previously published essays, from profiles to book reviews to general cultural commentary. Malcolm is a fluid, beautiful writer. She has a de...

  • Ana Mara

    "Standard readings of the novel attribute Anna’s descent into madness to the loss of her son and to her ostracism by society. But in fact, as Tolstoy unambiguously tells us, the situation is of her ...

  • Paul

    Janet Malcolm is a brilliant observer of people and situations, and she has the broadest and most esoteric vocabulary of any writer I've ever known. I'm continually looking up terms that she seems alm...