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Nobody’s Looking at You brings together previously uncompiled pieces of narrative non-fiction, mainly from the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, by a master of the form.
The title of this wonderfully eclectic collection comes from its profile of the fashion designer Eileen Fisher, from one of her mother’s favourite reproofs. But in every piece in this volume, Malcolm looks closely and with impunity at a broad range of subjects, from the brilliant TV commentator Rachel Maddow to the stiletto-heel-wearing pianist Yuja Wang, from the ‘big-league game’ of Supreme Court confirmation hearings to the battleground of Tolstoy translation.
‘Malcolm’s work inspires the best kind of disquiet in a reader—the obligation to think.’
‘A legendary journalist.’
‘She is among the most intellectually provocative of authors, able to turn epiphanies of perception into explosions of insight.’
‘Janet Malcolm…remains a ruthless, dazzling journalist.’
‘With no weak selections and several strikingly prescient ones, this collection shows its author as a master of narrative nonfiction.’ (starred review)