I chose Elisa Albert’s “The Snarling Girl” as the best Under

I chose Elisa Albert’s “The Snarling Girl” as the best Under-Recognized Essay of 2016.
“This is the essay I didn’t know I was waiting for, but once I read it, I sent it to a bunch of ladies I know. (Thanks to my friend Elisabeth Donnelly for telling me about it!) Oh, how pleasurable it is to read another woman talking about the ridiculousness of the contemporary world we live in; how we all want something out of it but sometimes we just want the thing so much that the want gets in the way of the work. And is there any better description of the ridiculousness of social media than the following lines? “The work: this is what I would like to talk about. The work, not the hearts and likes and dings and dongs. And maybe I can float the possibility that the work is best when it’s done nowhere near the hearts and likes and dings and dongs. Maybe I can suggest that there is plenty of time for hearts and likes and dings and dongs once the work is done, and done well.” Amen to that. “The Snarling Girl” is a battle cry for ignoring other people’s “definition of success.”

4 thoughts on “I chose Elisa Albert’s “The Snarling Girl” as the best Under

  1. I love everything by Elisa Albert but this was particularly awesome. I too forced everyone I know to read and discuss.

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