A singularly talented voice.
Michelle Orange's propulsively readable essays
take the reader across the globe, and through time, but always returning to
define here and now.
Her writing offers insights both into pop culture, as in
her beautiful and grateful piece on "The Uses of Nostalgia and Some thoughts on
Ethan Hawke's Face", and into her own background, but always with a wider
perspective. The melancholy and elegiacal "One Senior, Please", about her
grandmother's fading days is both intensely personal and a wider view of how
geriatric people are viewed and treated in our society, and Orange uses film to
frame her experiences.
This is the kind of writing that makes one's hair
stand on end.
Brilliant, thought-provoking, and memorable.