Nobody's Looking at You: Essays

Nobody's Looking at You: Essays

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

“One of the premier narrative non-fiction writers of her time.” —The New Republic

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

    ‘If Malcolm’s stories were items of clothing, then you would scarcely be able to see the stitching. So seamless and well-structured are they that the research and hours and effort that must have o...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Paul Thompson

    masterful...

  • Mizloo

    Essays that range from brilliant clarity to muddily obscure, but mostly fun to read. The brilliant one I liked best was about Quentin Bell's late life Bloomsbury reminiscences....