Where her book does start to move beyond the memoir-with-benefits genre and into something original and interesting is when she tackles the issue of admin “across the privilege divide”. She is informed and eloquent on the way that poor people’s admin differs from hers...This mapping out of the “bureaucracy of poverty” is important stuff, so it’s a shame that Emens fails to follow through with some sustained suggestions about what might be done to bridge the admin privilege divide.
Dopeworld: Adventures in Drug Lands
"To its credit, Dopeworld is nothing if not ambitious. Vorobyov states as much himself, describing it bombastically as ‘true crime, gonzo, social, historical memoir meets fucked up travel book’. That is a lot to cram in. If sometimes he drops the ball (the..."
— The Spectator