See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary

See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary

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Author: Lorrie Moore | Hardcover

A New York Times Critic's Top Pick of the Year

This essential, enlightening, truly delightful collection shows one of our greatest writers parsing the political, artistic, and media landscape of the past three decades. These sixty-six essays and reviews, culled from the pages of The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, Harper's, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker, among others, find Lorrie Moore turning her discerning eye on everything from Philip Roth to Margaret Atwood, from race in America to the shocking state of the GOP, from celebrity culture to the wilds of television, from Stephen Sondheim to Barack Obama. See What Can Be Done is a perfect blend of craft, brains, and a knowing, singular take on life, liberty, and the pursuit of (some kind of) happiness.


The kind of book, and the kind of human, you'd want to guide you through the past few decades in letters and culture. . . . Moore is one of our best documentarians of everyday amazement." --The New Yorker

"Lorrie Moore's essays are brilliantly written, brimming with energy. . . . A generous reader of other writers, Moore is always smart, never snooty, and as in her novels and short stories, there's a bold streak of humour." --The Irish Times