Mary Gaitskill  


Harman Writer-In-Residence, Fall 2014 
(Photo by Hillary Harvey)

Mary Gaitskill is the author of the novels Two Girls, Fat and Thin and Veronica, as well as the story collections “Bad Behavior,” “Because They Wanted To” and “Don't Cry.”  Her story “Secretary” was the basis for the feature film of the same name.  Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta, Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories.  In 2002 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction; in 2010 she received a New York Public Library Cullman Center research grant.  Her novel Veronica was nominated for the National Book Award in 2005.  She has taught at UC Berkeley, the University of Houston, New York University, The New School, Brown and Syracuse University; last year she was the Writer-In-Residence at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.  She is at present teaching writing and literature at Claremont McKenna College. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 5:45 pm:
A reading and conversation withMary Gaitskill in the Asriel and Marie Rackow Conference Room, Room 750, Information and Technology Building, Baruch College.

“On the same page of the city paper one day:

A confessed murderer awaiting trial for the torture and murder of a woman and her young daughter was a guest on a talk show via satellite. His appearance was facilitated by the mother's parents, who wanted him to tell them exactly what the murder of their daughter and grandchild had been like. “It was horrible,” said the talk-show hostess. “He will go down in history as the lowest of the low.” There was a photograph of the killer, smiling as if he'd won a prize.

A woman in San Francisco announced her intention to have intercourse with 1,000 men in a row, breaking the record of a woman in New Mexico who had performed the same feat with a mere 750. “I want to show what women can do,” she said. “I am not doing this as a feminist, but as a human being.”

Two giant turtles belonging to an endangered species were stolen from the Bronx Zoo. “This may've been an inside job,” said the zoo president. “This person knew what he was doing, and he was very smart.  We just hope he keeps them together—they're very attached.” The turtles are valued at $300.00 each.”

–From “Folk Song,” a short story in Don't Cry







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