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Tonight I'm Someone Else: Essays

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  216 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Holt Paperbacks
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3.5 stars

A vulnerable essay collection about desire, intimacy, and what our bodies can endure under physical and emotional duress. Chelsea Hodson's writing felt the strongest in her longer-form narrative essays, when she had a structure to work with. My two favorites include "Pity the Animal," a smart and incisive examination of female objectification and how Hodson herself has dealt with it, as well as "I'm Only a Thousand Miles Away," an innocent essay about obsessive childhood crushes that tu
Jenny (Reading Envy)
"Last week, I decided my friend, Erik, was both beautiful and impossible, and I felt it save my life in a way."

Okay friends, I'm going to say some honest things about this book, because I was given a review copy in exchange for an honest review. That quote I used up there is not from final copy so it may not appear as written exactly but I wanted to pull out something to use as an example.

How did you react to that quote? I predict that your overall feelings about this book will have a lot to do
Vincent Scarpa
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"For our high school graduation party, our school hired a hypnotist. My best friend volunteered herself, went onstage, fell asleep, and then he had her dancing and singing Backstreet Boys songs. When she woke up again, she walked back to her seat and I tried to tell her what she'd done while she was out, but she said she was awake the whole time. It was easier to just do what he wanted me to do, she said, and I knew what she meant."

A fucking masterpiece.
Wendy Ortiz
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This causes me to wait breathlessly for everything Chelsea Hodson will write next. 10 stars.
Chelsea Hodson is somewhere between poet and magician. Her sleight of hand is dazzling, weaving dark themes and just the right amount of vulnerable heart into these essays, whether they be meaty and full or broken into sharp diamond-like shards of prose. I'm not sure I know another writer who can be so hard and soft at the same time. And don't overlook the humor herein--it's the kind of sharp wit that reminds me of Fran Lebowitz or the songs of PJ Harvey. This book is an amazement.
Scott Mcclanahan
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so so so so much. Finally a book of essays where the writer doesn't tell you how they want us to be, but how we are.
Mateus Rizzo
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Um dos melhores livros que eu li esse ano e na vida. Extremamente sensível, único, bem escrito. O estilo abstrato e quase surreal dos ensaios me fez passear pelos pensamentos dela e em seu "universo". É até difícil encontrar palavras para falar sobre esse livro, considerando o quanto gostei dele. Os ensaios são cheios de realidade, misturadas com sonho. Cada parágrafo é um mundo dentro de si mesmo. É louco e extremamente reconhecível. O livro é uma reflexão arrebatadora sobre o que é ser mulher ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: essays
i enjoyed every single one of these essays but also none of them will stay with me beyond this reading? That's not to say the writing isn't incredible, that Chelsea Hodson doesn't have a natural talent with narrative prose, and that I won't read everything she ever produces — because i will. I just don't feel any of these were something I heavily related to. Or that I need to reread because it wasn't the right time.
Rachel Davies
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
<3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Kevin Maloney
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Chelsea Hodson is one of 3 or 4 living writers whose prose completely breaks me. I never feel comfortable in her essays... I’m blindfolded, at her mercy. I can’t tell if she’s holding a knife to my throat or her own. It doesn’t matter; someone is going to get hurt, and that’s the point. It’s a strange comparison, but I kept thinking of Flannery O’Connor... another writer whose work is like a mirror held up to the world only with all the bullshit ripped away. Both are fascinated by power and fear ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
FUCK this was so good!!!!!
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, audio, memoir
I'm little tired of memoir about boys writer has loved but her writing is pretty interesting
Brandon Amico
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hodson writes with a poise and intensity that are impossible to fake. She really is that insightful, that self-immolating, that vulnerable. This collection of essays examines everything from violence, power dynamics, and lust to the Mars rover landing, modeling, and the Backstreet Boys. And throughout it is the author flinging the doors to herself wide open—nothing is sugar-coated, and Hodson’s ability to recall the intimate moments of a life and put them in the context of the churning sea that ...more
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book will stay with me for some time. Hodson's prose is so spare and stripped down every sentence feels like it's an introduction to a long story. There are some essays - like The End of Longing - that are made up of seemingly unrelated sentences that fill up to a strange whole, like a jar filled with a variety of legumes. This is almost impossible to read in one sitting, even though it's short, because the shocking, affecting, and painful sentences can overwhelm quickly. I'm really floored ...more
Guillaume Morissette
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book felt like giving it direct access to my brain + a high-level security clearance & letting it cause as much chaos as it wanted in there.
I read the inside cover before I bought this book and read it again after I finished. And, I can't say that the promise matches my perceptions. Hodson is a skilled writer, but that is all that I can say to recommend Tonight I'm Someone Else.

This collection of essays reads more like an unedited diary (albeit by a talented writer) than a published collection of essays. And, the organization - from long paragraphs of careful, beautifully written prose to simple lines separated by paragraph breaks
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"It’s this level of belief in the impossible that allows me to believe in you, in us, in our lasting. We must want each other to break in a way -- why else would we take it this far? We must like the idea of burning down our homes and creating one out of the body we share."

I copied down approximately 3/4 of this book as quotes that resonated. It reads like a diary, a little all over the place and full of sentences rewritten until there are just the right number of words, in just the right place.
Eva Silverman
i read pity the animal when it came out in 2014 and loved it, and in the four years since then, i've been eagerly anticipating the release of this essay collection. idk if my literary preferences have changed in those years or if i raised my expectations so high that i was bound to be disappointed, but i ended up feeling much more ambivalent about this book than i expected to. there are some great essays in here-- "pity the animal" holds up really well, and "i'm only a thousand miles away," "swo ...more
Nupur Govila
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you Digital galley for giving me this absolutely wonderful book to read. The essays are very interesting and fresh in their perspective and somehow help one to connect with one’s own life experiences. They stay with you and come back at random moments and any writer/book which has the power to do that is undoubtedly good.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: essays
Hodson's collection of essays was difficult to put down. I'd finish one and think it was time to stop reading and go to sleep or whatever, and make the mistake of reading the first line or paragraph of the next essay and be sucked in. This is a great read, especially if you enjoy essays and collections where the next topic might surprise you.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
A real-life green girl (a la Zambreno).
Michelle King
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blown away by this.
Yadi (
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
“I think from a very young age, I’ve been drawn to people who were dangerous. I was drawn to the bad girl who had seen all the R-rated movies at age twelve and could tell me about them. I’ve always been interested in people who don’t seem to think about rules or have no concept of boundaries. My sense of boundaries and rules are very clear, to the point where I have a desire to test them because I feel so bound by them.”
— Chelsea Hodson in an interview with @believermag

That quote from the inter
Sanjay Varma
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stories
Her writing has a pleasing modesty. She never claims to have figured something out. She collects related ideas and experiences, and presents them to us. If her goal is to immerse the reader in her firsthand experience, I cannot say she fully succeeds. But I appreciate that she gives us a hybrid of a classic sequential narrative, combined with a modern narrative in which a person (I almost said ‘user’) flits about, constantly reacting to stimuli from body, mind, and data.

She writes that a woman e
Sarah Glen
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a great debut collection. I was surprised by how much I liked it after hearing her read part of "I'm only a Thousand Miles Away" (which is relatable in ways but possibly my least favorite essay in the book) at her launch event at Greenlight.

What a happy surprise to find how much I enjoyed her prose. I love the power of some of her simplest sentences:

"When he kissed me, it felt specific."

"I want to sleep until I'm someone else."

"I knew which rooms were bad and I entered them anyway. It was
Tabitha Blankenbiller
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unafraid and uncompromising, Hodson's essays find strength in their vulnerability. She offers a view of young adulthood that is complicated and contradictory and for most all of us, much too real to ever forget.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I strongly recommend real men to stay away from this book cause it has women speaking her feelings the shit out of it inside. Took me 25 years to finish this book, so hard that every time I started I already forgot what was all this nonsense about. Felt good tho when it was over.
Michael Smith
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Some really nice writing here, but a bit self-indulgent and not quite at the level of peers writing in a similar style—Maggie Nelson, Sarah Manguso, Jenny Offill.

Richard Chiem
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
one of my favorite reads ever.

Hodson is a master.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
What a strange essay collection. I found myself both loathing it and loving it. Chelsea Hodson’s essays are poetic and troubling. I’m not sure I’ve ever dog eared so many pages to return to.
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Chelsea Hodson is the author of the forthcoming essay collection Tonight I'm Someone Else (Henry Holt, 2018) and the chapbook Pity the Animal (Future Tense / Emily Books, 2014). She is a graduate of the MFA program at Bennington College, and was a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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“For our high school graduation party, our school hired a hypnotist. My best friend volunteered herself, went onstage, fell asleep, and then he had her dancing and singing Backstreet Boys songs. When she woke up again, she walked back to her seat and I tried to tell her what she'd done while she was out, but she said she was awake the whole time. It was easier to just do what he wanted me to do, she said, and I knew what she meant.” 0 likes
“I've had enemies so intense that it felt romantic, so mutual it felt like love.” 0 likes
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