Elisa Gabbert is the author of L’Heure Bleue, or the Judy Poems, The Self Unstable, and The French Exit. Her essays have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Paris Review Daily, Real Life, Pacific Standard, and Guernica. Follow her on Twitter: @egabbert and find more at http://www.elisagabbert.com/
Gabbert strikes a perfect balance between heart and head, between cleverness and earnestness, between language that demonstrates its own fallibility and language that is surprisingly, perfectly precise.
. . . smart and philosophically dexterous, capable of showing the self to be a fetish-object of its own and also a refractive subject of Lacanian devotion, as a mirror which doesn’t so much distort as endlessly ‘reveal,’ like the panopticon eye of a camera.
. . . the dispassion about the self allows the writer to enact a number of equally lovely sleights of hand . . . Even while the author is drawn to image and reason, she is also in love with the vanishing point, where all perspective is ecstatically compressed into a single node.
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