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In the Land of Men by Adrienne Miller

In the Land of Men: A Memoir

Adrienne Miller

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Imprint: Ecco Press
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Publication date: 24 Feb 2020
ISBN: 9780062682413

A "memoir about coming of age in the male-dominated literary world of the nineties, becoming the first female literary editor of Esquire, and [the author's] personal and working relationship with David Foster Wallace"--Publisher marketing.

4 stars out of 5
Johanna Thomas-Corr
22 Apr 2020

"Stories of an “improbable gatekeeper”: a young female editor in an age of great male narcissists."

You get the sense that, as she wrote it, Miller was still having arguments in her head with Wallace. But this is what gives the book its energy and its wisdom. It is honest about the conflicting effects an influential older man can have on a woman’s career. She learned that “art is all about rigour and precision” from Wallace, who hymned her praises as an editor. But he showed no interest at all in her own novel when she began describing it. “I wonder why you’re telling me this,” he said cruelly. How much we give each other, how much we take away.