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Tonight I'm Someone Else

Tonight I'm Someone Else

Essays

Chelsea Hodson

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"I had a real romance with this book." —Miranda July

A highly anticipated collection, from the writer Maggie Nelson has called, “bracingly good…refreshing and welcome,” that explores the myriad ways in which desire and commodification intersect.

From graffiti gangs and Grand Theft Auto to sugar daddies, Schopenhauer, and a deadly game of Russian roulette, in these essays, Chelsea Hodson probes her own desires to examine where the physical and the proprietary collide. She asks what our privacy, our intimacy, and our own bodies are worth in the increasingly digital world of liking, linking, and sharing.

Starting with Hodson’s own work experience, which ranges from the mundane to the bizarre—including modeling and working on a NASA Mars mission— Hodson expands outward, looking at the ways in which the human will submits, whether in the marketplace or in a relationship. Both tender and jarring, this collection is relevant to anyone who’s ever searched for what the self is worth.

Hodson’s accumulation within each piece is purposeful, and her prose vivid, clear, and sometimes even shocking, as she explores the wonderful and strange forms of desire. Tonight I'm Someone Else is a fresh, poetic debut from an exciting emerging voice, in which Hodson asks, “How much can a body endure?” And the resounding answer: "Almost everything."

Red Letters from a Red Planet

1. Spring


In Tucson, I rode my bike until the heat turned into something else, something alive, something I could make my own—my cheeks flushed red, I sweat out any water I drank, and I didn’t...

Praise for Tonight I'm Someone Else

BuzzFeed's 10 Summer Book Releases To Pre-Order
The Millions: Most Anticipated in The Great 2018 Book Preview
AV Club: The 10 books we can't wait to read in 2018
Elle's 30 Best Books to Read This Summer

Praise for Tonight I'm Someone Else:
"Many book lovers would jump on board any train Miranda July and Maggie Nelson are on; this essay collection, which explores the body, desire, and Grand Theft Auto, is their latest recommendation." —Elle.com

"Hodson’s writing style...offers a clear and strong point of view...This is overall a unique collection about being an artist and a woman in a world that doesn’t always value either." Booklist

"The author's word choices capture entire worlds and emotional landscapes... Hodson's language magnetizes and begs for attention... keeping the pages turning. A simultaneously bewildering and compelling body of work." Kirkus Reviews

"Hodson’s essays have such a sexy drama to them—and ultimately it’s the romance of just getting through life; the passion that comes from being a wholly alert woman and living to tell about it. I had a real romance with this book." —Miranda July

"Chelsea Hodson tests herself against her desires, grapples with their consequences, and presents a surgically precise account of what they were to her. These essays are bewitchingdespite their discipline and rigor, you can smell the blood." Sarah Manguso, author of 300 Arguments and The Two Kinds of Decay

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BuzzFeed's 10 Summer Book Releases To Pre-Order
The Millions: Most Anticipated in The Great 2018 Book Preview
AV Club: The 10 books we can't wait to read in 2018
Elle's 30 Best Books to Read This Summer

Praise for Tonight I'm Someone Else:
"Many book lovers would jump on board any train Miranda July and Maggie Nelson are on; this essay collection, which explores the body, desire, and Grand Theft Auto, is their latest recommendation." —Elle.com

"Hodson’s writing style...offers a clear and strong point of view...This is overall a unique collection about being an artist and a woman in a world that doesn’t always value either." Booklist

"The author's word choices capture entire worlds and emotional landscapes... Hodson's language magnetizes and begs for attention... keeping the pages turning. A simultaneously bewildering and compelling body of work." Kirkus Reviews

"Hodson’s essays have such a sexy drama to them—and ultimately it’s the romance of just getting through life; the passion that comes from being a wholly alert woman and living to tell about it. I had a real romance with this book." —Miranda July

"Chelsea Hodson tests herself against her desires, grapples with their consequences, and presents a surgically precise account of what they were to her. These essays are bewitchingdespite their discipline and rigor, you can smell the blood." Sarah Manguso, author of 300 Arguments and The Two Kinds of Decay

“Chelsea Hodson is my favorite essayist. Her work is like the desert: clean and mysterious and full of skeletons. I'll make a prediction: TONIGHT I'M SOMEONE ELSE will go down as a classic.” Scott McClanahan, author of The Sarah Book

"Her essays are a specialized artform where poetry meets philosophy. They reflect on the gruesome side of being a woman in the excellent tradition of Joan Didion and Sylvia Plath. I highly recommend Chelsea Hodson's book to all readers." Atticus Lish, author of Preparation for the Next Life

"This book has dark humor, recklessness, exhilaration. . . .I felt I was reading a writer who would tell harder truths than many other writers, and she turns this nerve against herself to good effect.” —Amy Hempel

Praise for Pity the Animal (a chapbook):
“Wild and chiseled, both. . . .Pity The Animal has its own youthful, American verve, as well as its own dedication to parataxis and precision.” —Maggie Nelson

“Wonderful—small and sharp as a dagger.” —Molly Crabapple

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Chelsea Hodson

Chelsea Hodson earned her MFA at Bennington College and was a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow. Her work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, Frieze Magazine, Black Warrior Review, The Lifted Brow, and more. She teaches at the Mors Tua Vita Mea workshop in Sezze Romano, Italy, and lives in Brooklyn, New York

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