From Publishers Weekly
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"Beauty Talk is in part a meditation on the symbiotic pleasures and impositions of intellectual exile--at once an indictment and a celebration--a poetic expression of voluntary solitude which questions what it means to hole up inside yourself, to resist the roles you've been assigned and the thoughts you're conditioned to accept as your own, and to willfully separate from the disappointment of other people without losing your engagement in and appraisal of the world around you... The one thin line Tupitsyn maintains is that between on-screen and off-screen. Pop culture is subject, theme, character, and plot in her work, which takes American media as a narrative foundation." -- Brian Pera, Fanzine "In her debut collection, Masha Tupitsyn is at her best when recalling emotional disaster, and when she aligns herself to this end, with strategies of Kathy Acker and Chris Kraus." -- Jeanine Herman, BOMB
"The experience of reading Beauty Talk & Monsters is humid, intimate, and juicy; like spying through a window at a neighbor's television set, it provides both the voyeuristic pleasure of watching a stranger's activity and the familiar flicker of a well-known film, now playing in a stranger's psyche." -- Michelle Tea, San Francisco Bay Chronicle
"This stunning book is a reckoning with what it is to have been raised with the movies, to not be able to tell the difference anymore between what we've fantasized or dreamt of, what we've been frightened of, what may have been our own or no one's life." --Rebecca Brown, author of The End of Youth and The Haunted House
"Here is a festival of meaning! Masha Tupitsyn does not meditate on the movies--she reactivates them in an uproar of image, desire, and identification. Her stories are acts of discovery, written under the sign of Kathy Acker, ambitious for literature itself, the prose pitched high." --Robert Gluck, author of Jack the Modernist and Denny Smith