No Regrets: Three Discussions by n+1

By n+1

This isn't the retail publication. I scanned my reproduction of this publication myself.


A follow-up to n+1's 2007 pamphlet What we should always Have identified, No Regrets talks to 12 writers, editors, lecturers, and artists approximately existence and analyzing of their early twenties.

Featuring Elif Batuman, Carla Blumenkranz, Kristin Dombek, Emily Gould, Elizabeth Gumport, Amanda Katz, Sara Marcus, sunrise Lundy Martin, Sarah Resnick, Namara Smith, Astra Taylor, and Emily Witt. Edited through Dayna Tortorici.

Praise for No Regrets:

"At as soon as intimate and erudite" —NPR

"I enjoyed No Regrets." —Mimi Dwyer, the hot Republic

"A interesting exploration of the improvement of woman readers, from their disillusionment with manly canonical works to their discovery of books that talk to a feminine event and towards a sophisticated knowing of ways either sexist and feminist works have encouraged their view of the world." —Slate

"If No Regrets makes all of it correct for even one younger girl to confess that Kerouac offers her a headache, it’s doing the Lord’s work." —Sady Doyle, In those Times

From the book:

“I had a significant weigh down on a man who acknowledged that Sexus, Plexus, and Nexus have been the simplest books ever, so I went to a book place, and so they have been too pricey, so I simply received Sexus and Plexus.”

"One lesson i will be able to proportion from existence is that you can enable sure issues pass unattended to—prioritize and permit your self be, for instance, messy. The paintings is extra vital than the soiled dishes."

Published December 2013

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I've tried to revisit them, and there are moments where I'm just like-eckh. You just want both of those books to have a better editor. In both of those cases, when I was reading them, I was really overwhelmed by the content of the stories. I remember having this really visceral emotional response to them. Crying while reading Stone Butch Blues. Jerking off while reading Zami. I can't imagine that now. I just get so caught up in the-the prose moments that I don't appreciate, let's say. And the only reason that I read them later is because I decided to teach them in a class.

That scares me, but I had that kind of abject experience with my books recently. At the end of the first year of not really reading, my books had been in storage, and I unpacked them, and I was like, Why? I'd paid to keep these in storage for a year while I lived book-free and then I pulled them all out, and it was the opposite of the Benjamin essay. I was unpacking my library and feeling horrified. " And I was repulsed by my past need to identify, my attachment to them as objects, as things that I collected.

I didn't think about it, it wasn't a plan. I just had a big life change and sort of dropped out, and then became the most productive, at writing, and sort of the happiest I've ever been. It's not a recommendation, but there is something about this, the position of consuming vs. the position of figuring out how to fill the KRISTIN DOMBEK: 35 No Regrets world around you with art and action, which you can only do with people. There's this moment in Super Sad True Love Story where the protagonist has a bookshelf and a young girlfriend he brings home, and she sees his books and she's like, "Ew!

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