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Jenny Turner: Helen DeWitt

11 September 2008
Your Name Here 
by Helen DeWitt and Ilya Gridneff.
helen dewitt.com, 580 pp., £8, May 2008
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... lines and jumble them up and that’s nicely fractured, but nobody’s gonna read it. Last year, Helen DeWitt posted this passage on paperpools, her blog: it ‘says everything I might have wanted to say about life, the universe, postmodernism and Your Name Here.’ Your Name Here is a 120,000-word novel; DeWitt is ...

Diary

Helen DeWitt: On Being Stalked

20 August 2014
... up at night when the lights were out on my first day back, knocking softly at the door, calling ‘Helen! Helen!’ I waited for him to leave then called 911. (I had had the phone connected for the sole purpose of calling 911.) A state trooper came forty minutes later and asked if I had seen him. I pointed out that I would ...

Ha ha! Ha ha!

Lauren Oyler: Jia Tolentino

23 January 2020
Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion 
by Jia Tolentino.
Fourth Estate, 303 pp., £14.99, August 2019, 978 0 00 829492 2
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... external incentives seem more important than internal ones)’. To quote the actually peerless Helen DeWitt, who, when she couldn’t find a publisher for her difficult novel Your Name Here, sold PDFs of it through her website: ‘Ha ha! Ha ha!’That you can, as we say on the internet, just not occurs to Tolentino as a theoretical option but not ...

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