The essays in somebody with a little hammer further establish her as the important critical thinker shes always been her extreme sensitivity makes her one of the most reliable witnesses to life in the us. Each word and sentence in somebody with a little hammer is a pleasure to read and the author certainly knows her stuff when it comes to writing and evaluating fiction still the fact that the bulk of this book is previously published reviews makes swalh fairly boring to read. About somebody with a little hammer in essays on matters literary social cultural and personal mary gaitskill explores date rape and political adultery the transcendentalism of the talking heads the melancholy of bjrk and the playfulness of artist laurel nakadate. I place emphasis on criticism because so much of somebody with a little hammer does the same though subtitled essays easily two thirds of the contents of the book are confined to . In somebody with a little hammer which collects essays that have been published elsewhere we get a writer so far from self serious that she even jokes about her own brooding image
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