Dec 27, Mind the Book rated it really liked it Shelves: Their hands are all over it. And the recognition of others writing, and the company of literary biography makes me feel not so broken. Pushed past the first few pages where the author decries Akron, OH as a wasteland and regales the reader with “strange sights” like a woman eating a hot dog in a Radio Shack what’s wrong with eating a hot dog in a Radio Shack? Eliot because, I don’t know, you are a wife of someone who writes? View all 5 comments.

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It needs to activate my body, make me ugly, make me gush. I’m recently married 3 years to an academic.

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This odd and unexpected myopia is my primary critique of the book—really, not even one allusion to the women of the Harlem Renaissance? Nov 25, Helen McClory rated it really liked it.

This book is part memoir, part essay, part history book — it completely evades genre specification, which is absolutely perfect! No one had given me permission, or told me that the “I decided someday I wanted to write the Infinite Jest for fellow fucked-up girls, for the slit-your-wrist girls like me. Confine us to a cage and cut our claws off if dare we make a move toward escape.


Jul 13, flannery rated it it was ok. Heroines is a text that flares furiously: Congratulations on publishing that shake.

I really wanted to love it. Taking the self out feels like obeying a gag order–pretending an objectivity where there is nothing objective about the experience of confronting and engaging with and swooning over literature. What makes Jean Rhys less than F.

And it made me miss Renata Adler terribly. A book worth reading twice. I was eagerly anticipating the appearance of Nina Simone as she appears on the collage on the original Semiotexte cover, but she only warrants one passing mention like a bit of trivia.

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Now you try heronied. Jan 31, Mara rated it really liked it Shelves: At least for me. When she experiences it, it’s pathological,” writes Zambreno. Natalie Clifford Barney was championing women writers since the very beginning of the 20th century, there hetonies other histories besides ‘F. But definitely no love here for the woman in the Radio Shack, the hardbodies in her yoga class, her friend who subscribes to Martha Stewart magazine, heroniss the “girl-student with her Marilyn Monroe purse.

I want to write a review. Big respect for Semiotext e and for this remarkable writer. And since reading it, I have heromies to write again. At least he was able to ehronies with some shock value here and there, passages I could giggle transgressively to myself about. The point, perhaps, is to write—by god to write—to write and refuse erasure while we’re living at least—and to use up all the channels possible through which to scream, to sing, to singe.


I didn’t hate this because it was “menstrual”. And for every time I go into this book feeling tired, anxious, ambivalent, and impossibly messy, I emerge exhilarated, exalted for all the mess that I am. Helt full av marginaliaklotter och mad. But then I came by the absolutely bone-chillingly stupid scene where Zambreno describes how she physically grabbed an anxiety-ridden student of hers, shook her, and told her to just fucking write.

In HeroinesZambreno extends the polemic begun on her blog into a dazzling, original work of literary scholarship. Yet no one had actually told me you could heroniss about being a fucked-up girl. She writes about how she because of the nature of academia follows him around for his job because as a writer, she needs no fixed place of her own ooohhh just made a Woolf reference by a happy accident.

This felt almost crafted just for me!