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"There’s only one word for Ellen Willis’s work—exhilarating! Her essays combine passion and moral clarity, anger and a steady commitment to having fun. Best of all, she channels the secret ecstatic undercurrents of late twentieth-century American popular culture, which we need now more than ever. This anthology is espresso for the feminist soul." —Barbara Ehrenreich



"Ellen Willis was one of the few great critics of her generation. She was theoretically sophisticated, historically informed, and courageous in her commitment to freedom. Her prose was lyrical and melodic and she was always unsettling!" —Cornel West


"Fearless sweet reason, exacting style, and an unbounded sensuous spirit make Ellen Willis’s radical essays among the finest that America has ever produced." —Sean Wilentz


"It’s incredible that decades after it first made waves, Ellen Willis’s writing is still as relevant as ever. From abortion and parenting to music and politics, Willis’s cultural critiques stand the test of time and fascinate over and again. The Essential Ellen Willis reinvigorated me and reminded me why I do the work that I do. It should be required reading for anyone interested in feminism, politics, and everything in between!" —Jessica Valenti


"Gathering 53 career-spanning pieces, this is an act of reclamation, a reminder of what a piercing and brilliant writer Willis was." —Los Angeles Times

"Willis often finds her stride in complexity, and here she intricately examines and interrogates the notions of freedom she holds dear. It’s a moving example of a wonderful mind at work." —Bookforum

"The Essential Ellen Willis is watching the journalist and critic figure out how feminism translates into daily life, both for herself and for other women. Willis is intellectually rigorous and deeply idealistic, but also very fun–and her combination of curiosity, wit, skepticism, and enthusiasm grounds her work firmly in the real world." —New York Magazine's The Cut

"Achieving the kind of lucidity that never flees complexity was always her goal. Spotting the antipodes hidden in seeming allegiances—and vice-versa—was one of her specialties. Re-encountering insights and stray observations of Willis’s that had stayed messily filed in my brain for 30 years or more was an ongoing pleasure." —The American Prospect

"Reading Ellen Willis’ criticism has always been simultaneously invigorating and depressing for me—invigorating as a reminder that feminist thought can be radical and liberating and nuanced, but depressing when viewed against a 21st-century feminist landscape that too often prizes self-purification and bad-faith consensus over critical thinking and powerful ideas, which have come to seem like two more nice things we can’t have anymore." —Flavorwire

"Part of what makes Willis perennially compelling is that she was a utopian thinker, the rigorous rather than the hippie dippy kind now beloved of 1960s detractors. These essays are still capable of making you dizzy with possibility." —Fresh Air

About the Author


Ellen Willis (1941–2006) was the first rock critic for the New Yorker, an editor and columnist at the Village Voice, and cofounder of the radical feminist group Redstockings. Her writing appeared in numerous publications, including Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and the Nation. She established the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at New York University and wrote Beginning to See the Light and No More Nice Girls as well as Don’t Think, Smile! Her award-winning posthumous collection of rock criticism, Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music, was published in 2011 by the University of Minnesota Press.

Nona Willis Aronowitz is a journalist and editor. She is a cofounder of Tomorrow magazine, and a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, coauthor of Girldrive: Criss-crossing America, Redefining Feminism, and editor of Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press (May 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081668121X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816681211
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luca Nesi on December 5, 2014
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Honest, serious but never pretentious, deep but never (well almost never) boring, Freud, free love, feminism, loneliness, rock and roll. A Great read from an timeless icon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noah Efron on October 1, 2014
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A great collection by a brilliant essayist. Even her earliest writing, now almost 50 years old, remains vital and relevant.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 28, 2014
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E Beach on September 18, 2014
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Ellen Willis is a brilliant lady with a befuddling writing style. She's all over the map while stuffing every nook and cranny of your working memory with reams of obscure references, paranthetical asides, bold pronouncements and endless erudition. Anecdote? Storyline? Thread? Not here. Just dry, humorless, plodding pronouncements. A good read for those who want a cognitive workout...
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