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3 Oct 2013

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? By Maria Semple****

Reading dates: 26 – 30 September 2013

What a lovely book this is! I devoured it with enjoyment. I don’t remember reading more energetic prose than Maria Semple’s. The story is wonderfully woven and the satire of American upper middle class is spot on. I never thought I would like a book like this but its writing and its rhythm lifted me up, made it compulsory to read, pleasurable, also thoughtful. This is not poetic writing, but she does not set to do that. I think what I like most about the book is that it fulfils the promises it makes and delivers something extra in the form of lovely twists and settings. I did like Antarctica and I did learn something about it. It is such a satisfying read. The only reason why it does not get the full 5* is due to the fact that I am not sure how it would fare re-reading — my criteria for the top marks. I may need to try in a few months and review my rating. I very much wish to forget all about its details, or misremember, so I can encounter it anew.

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One Response to “Where’d You Go, Bernadette? By Maria Semple****”

  1. 1974 by David Peace **** said:

    […] after reading Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go Bernadette? I found it very hard to continue reading my current list — The Rainbow, A Tale of Two Cities , Du […]

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About Me

I am an artist and writer. My recent practice performance, film, dance, photography and text, and my work has been performed, exhibited and published in many venues in Europe and the US. I have spoken at numerous conferences and events, including the Museum for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, College Arts Association and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. When I am not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with my camera or creating performance works as part of my Athenaeum Research Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I teach postgraduate students at Transart Institute.

I am currently immersed in an interdisciplinary project exploring knowledge and the body of the hysteric. In 2013, together with Child and Adolescent Mental Health practitioner Frances Davies, I co-edited the book ‘Madness, Women and the Power of Art’, to which I contributed a work authored with Eleanor Bowen. My book ‘Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces’ was published by Cambridge Scholars in 2016. In this text, investigates psychoanalytic approaches to making and understanding objects of seduction, including an examination of parallels between artistic and analytic practices, a study of Manolo Blahnik’s shoes as objects of desire, a disturbing encounter with Marcel Duchamp’s last work, and the creation of a psychoanalytically inspired Discourse of the Artefact, a framework enabling the circulation of questions and answers through a relational approach to artworks.