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This Is Running for Your Life

This Is Running for Your Life


Michelle Orange

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Michelle Orange uses the lens of pop culture to decode the defining characteristics of our media-drenched times

In This Is Running for Your Life, Michelle Orange takes us from Beirut to Hawaii to her grandmother's retirement home in Canada in her quest to understand how people behave in a world increasingly mediated—for better and for worse—by images and interactivity. Orange's essays range from the critical to the journalistic to the deeply personal; she seamlessly combines stories from her own life with incisive analysis as she explores everything from the intimacies we develop with celebrities and movie characters to the troubled creation of the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
With the insight of a young Joan Didion and the empathy of a John Jeremiah Sullivan, Orange dives into popular culture and the status quo and emerges with a persuasive and provocative book about how we live now. Her singular voice will resonate for years to come.

The Uses of Nostalgia and Some Thoughts on Ethan Hawke's Face

Let's call it the theory of receptivity. It's the idea, often cited by young people in their case against the relevance of even marginally older people, that one's taste—in...

In the Press

In her debut essay collection, "This Is Running for Your Life," Michelle Orange models an ideal balance of firsthand engagement with -- and grounded criticism of -- the lightheaded culture all around us. - Oregonian

Michelle Orange on the art of the personal essay, navigating cultural overload, and the distance that separates two human heads - Harper's

Reading Michelle Orange is like having a moving, one-sided conversation with your best friend if your best friend was... - The Village Voice

Michelle Orange interviews herself. - The Nervous Breakdown

This week, stories of moving on, whether in the face of disaster, trauma, or soul-testing technology. - The Daily Beast

The great fun of Michelle Orange's "This Is Running for Your Life" is in watching an essayist build associations between seemingly unconnected topics - Minneapolis Star Tribune

A great cultural critic is a bit like a philosopher king. By reading him, we (the literate) give him dominion willingly, even gladly, over our thoughts. We read him because we want a leader, because the world is too big, the thoughts too many. He is superior in wisdom, but... - Slate

- The Rumpus

Canadian-born journalist and film critic, Orange takes readers along on her engaging travels, whether intellectual or actual (such as trips to Beirut and Hawaii), but the story is never just about her. In the opening piece, "The Uses of Nostalgia and Some Thoughts on Ethan Hawke's Face," the author examines our relationship to time in this smartphone and social-media-infested era, and our cultural obsession with nostalgia. Watching his films "Before Sunrise" and its sequel "Befor - San Francisco Chronicle

Reviews from Goodreads

Michelle Orange

Michelle Orange is the author of The Sicily Papers and the editor of From the Notebook: The Unwritten Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Her fiction, essays, criticism, and journalism have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Village Voice, The Globe and Mail,, and McSweeney's, among other publications. She is a founding contributing editor of The Rumpus.

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