[The Girl on the Train is] also the latest in a long line of texts that channel women’s rage at living under patriarchy. It offers an escapist fantasy, but unlike most fantasies, the escape is not into a more perfect world, just one where women can call bullshit, some more murderously than others, on the increasingly impossible expectations that legislate our lives....more
Posts Tagged: Anne Helen Petersen
At BuzzFeed Books, Anne Helen Petersen expresses nostalgia for the reading she did as a teenager. It’s not so much that she misses the books themselves, though, but rather the “style of reading” associated with being a teen, the kind of full immersion that one isn’t able to achieve as an adult:
As adults, we’re taught to avoid that sort of reading—that sort of envelopment—because it makes us irresponsible.
If you simply can’t wait for the publishing-industry process to put that book in your hands, you can sate your appetite with Petersen’s longform piece “The Rules of the Game,” which appears in the latest issue of Virginia Quarterly Review....more
Anne Helen Petersen’s Scandals of Classic Hollywood column is consistently one of the best features at The Hairpin, even for those among us who have never heard of any of these actors because we barely have the attention span to sit through a modern-day movie, let alone one in black and white where the married couples are sleeping in separate beds....more