On Jenny Diski

When a new issue of the London Review of Books comes out, the first thing I do, even before I read the personals (they’re very entertaining), is scan the table of contents for something from Jenny Diski, a British writer whose smart, scathing, and often hilarious essays help put the lie to the notion that, after Sontag, there are no female intellectuals.

I make this last claim although I’ve only read Diski’s LRB contributions. She has books out, too, and I keep meaning to pick one up. Her latest, On Trying to Keep Still, just appeared in Britain. Mark Sanderson enters a mixed, tilting-toward-negative review in the current Telegraph. But Tony Gould’s reaction ends with a request: “More please.”


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