Legs Get Led Astray

Legs Get Led Astray is Ebook I am so fucking bored of reading essays about being young and confused sexually virile and stoned in a big city I hate Girls for this as well a

Legs Get Led Astray is Ebook I am so fucking bored of reading essays about being young and confused, sexually virile, and stoned in a big city. I hate Girls for this, as well as for the total narcissism of every character, and I disliked this essay collection for the same reasons. As a rule, I kinda find these kinds of people in real life boring and self-absorbed and pretentious. Sure, they're fucked up, but fucked up isn't automatically interesting, and it really bothers me that people tend to assume it is. Writing, mechanically and in formulaic, stilted structure, about all those times you masturbated (oh aren't I honest and boundary-pushing!) is not interesting. It's a normal conversation between two people of a certain age & generation. And maybe that's my problem with these essays: they're boring, because there's nothing new in them. At all. It's all been said -- better, or at least with better style.Plus: I find Caldwell's writing amateur at best. Maybe I don't "get it" -- but I don't really want to get it, if that's what's considered quality writing. Some of it is just flatout bad. If a student of mine turned in this, from "My Heart Was Still Beating," I would ask them to redo it:"Then Caleb asked me how many pieces of pizza I was going to eat, and I said one, and he said do you promise, and I said no, and he said can you please promise to only have one because I want to eat as much of it as I can. So I ate one slice of pizza and he ate four and got a stomachache while we watched School of Rock on television."Sure, I understand her point (or maybe I am not ~experienced~ enough to understand anything at all -- she writes as if she knows and has lived much more than everyone around her) -- write in the style of the essay topic. Problem is that all the essay topics slide into each other, so I can't quite tell if Caldwell is a mediocre writer or trying to be a mediocre writer. But when multiple essays follow that tired structure where you start every paragraph with the same sentence ("You have a girlfriend now, but..." -- "And you had me when..." -- "My mother ____ " -- etc.), I sort of stop wondering. These are little more than ramblings & anecdotes, told precisely, but not skillfully.The praise for this collection says the essays are "honest" and "blunt" and "raw." Personally, I think Caldwell's trying so hard to be all of those things that the entire collection becomes disingenuous. (This book was given to me by my brilliant best friend, for beautiful reasons, so it pains me to write a review like this for it -- but, alas, sometimes tastes just don't overlap.). LEGS GET LED ASTRAY is a provocative collection of essays that vividly rockets the reader through one young woman s life Chloe Caldwell beautifully and bluntly escorts you through her childhood dreams, her first loves, her most unguarded sexual exploits, bookstore crushes, babysitting jobs, heartbroken wanderlust, and the suicide of a lost lover Caldwell s writing remarkLEGS GET LED ASTRAY is a provocative collection of essays that vividly rockets the reader through one young woman s life Chloe Caldwell beautifully and bluntly escorts you through her childhood dreams, her first loves, her most unguarded sexual exploits, bookstore crushes, babysitting jobs, heartbroken wanderlust, and the suicide of a lost lover Caldwell s writing remarkably explores the genre of personal nonfiction and has been featured in The Rumpus, The Faster Times, and Mr Beller s Neighborhood, The Nervous Breakdown, and Everyday Genius.. Good Book Legs Get Led Astray Fuck "Girls" and fuck "Sex and the City." Read this book if you care at all what it's like to be young and horny and sad and free and drug-induced and happy (and broke) in the greatest city in the world. More importantly, read these essays if you care to know what it is like to want to devour your life and explore its fullness simply by paying attention. I know some people will get hung up on the sex and substance abuse, but there is much more going on here, least of which is the courage to write these things. Once I started reading these it became a mission. I would read one then be like "Oh, just one more." It was like asdf Pringles. I live in New York and yet I felt like I was learning about New York, a different Borough, a lifestyle I knew of and was familiar with but had never experienced as a young woman in the city. I was never a young woman--how unfortunate. Now I kinda feel like I was somewhere in my brain. I don't know what else I can say that will top that but I also have one complaint: Where's the playlist for all the songs she mentioned in the book? I want them. By order of mention.
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  1. Chloe Caldwell is the author of the critically acclaimed novella, WOMEN Short Flight Long Drive, 2014 and the essay collection I LL TELL YOU IN PERSON CoffeeHouse Emily Books.Chloe s work has been published in New York Magazine, Vice, Lenny Letter, Salon, The Rumpus, The Sun, Nylon, Men s Health, and half a dozen anthologies Chloe teaches creative nonfiction at Catapult Electric Literature in Manhattan, and lives in Hudson, New York.

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  1. I am so fucking bored of reading essays about being young and confused, sexually virile, and stoned in a big city I hate Girls for this, as well as for the total narcissism of every character, and I disliked this essay collection for the same reasons As a rule, I kinda find these kinds of people in real life boring and self absorbed and pretentious Sure, they re fucked up, but fucked up isn t automatically interesting, and it really bothers me that people tend to assume it is Writing, mechanical [...]


  2. Fuck Girls and fuck Sex and the City Read this book if you care at all what it s like to be young and horny and sad and free and drug induced and happy and broke in the greatest city in the world More importantly, read these essays if you care to know what it is like to want to devour your life and explore its fullness simply by paying attention I know some people will get hung up on the sex and substance abuse, but there is much going on here, least of which is the courage to write these thing [...]


  3. I m only halfway through but I have already earmarked several sections that I love This book is really sad and really sexy at the same time, kind of like Jordan Catalano It makes me cry It makes me wish I had a rebellious upbringing It makes me wonder if I missed something in New York, and it makes me want to have sex with Chloe Caldwell.


  4. This is from the introduction that I gave Chloe at her book release party in Portland recentlyChloe Caldwell came to me nearly two years ago in March of 2010 She asked if I was taking submissions and said she felt a specific connection to the work that Future Tense does In that first email, she wrote, Every word I write is non fiction I get off, literally at seeing the scary humiliating tragically beautiful truth on paper I thought that was pretty charming But I was backed up with projects and w [...]


  5. I saw Chloe Caldwell read in Portland a few months ago and have been counting the days until her first book release on Future Tense Books I finally picked up this book of essays on Friday afternoon and was done with it by Sunday morning Legs Get Led Astray incited a mixture of feelings from me I admire the work and I think some of it is bitingly good However, I found myself looking forward to what this writer may produce with a little maturity, maybe when her writing will be less about hard dru [...]


  6. I would give this 2.5 stars I had really high hopes for this book, considering it got blurbs from Cheryl Strayed and Lidia Yuknavitch But it was a collection of essays about an immature 20 something s time in NY and her escapades abroad and with random bad boys There was no self reflection or analysis, and the whole thing felt very superficial Caldwell does not reveal much of herself in these writings sure, she gives us details about her masturbation habits and affinity for blowjobs, but who she [...]


  7. Read a pretty glowing review of this book in The L Magazine and two days later found it on the 1 rack at Book Thug Nation Also it turns out that Chloe and I have a bunch of friends not to mention a former employer in common, so when I get around to reviewing this I will be on my best behavior I don t know, I feel weird reviewing this since I know the author will probably read it hi, Chloe The fairest thing I can say is that it felt very young to me, which it is There s something to be said, of c [...]


  8. Chloe Caldwell s raw, gritty essay collection is one hell of a seething mess, but in a really good way Really Bald fear, lust, despair, and addictions run rampant in this particular slice of Caldwell s life, but her love of writing and words somehow trumps the stark ugliness with something like grace Powerful and touching, Legs Get Led Astray is a tiny bomb that will break you, but make you happy in the process, and leave you awestruck at the end.


  9. Could become for straight girls in Brooklyn what Michelle Tea s Valencia was for queer girls in San Francisco If you re a person like me, which means if you re a kind of person whose early 20s didn t involve living in crumbling apartment buildings and using six impossible substances before breakfast, you might feel like you re contracting liver cancer and tetanus on every page If you went vegetarian at 19 for health reasons, spent the first six years of your twenties in a monogamous relationship [...]


  10. Let me explain this low rating, especially since I was really looking forward to reading this book For all the explicitness of the book say, for instance, the fact that Caldwell enjoys masturbating while wearing knee high socks and listening to men degrade women , Caldwell comes off less as a person than as a type the Manic Pixie Sex Girl She does lots of drugs, lots of men, but without any sense as to why she does these things there seems to be no motivation for her beyond wanting to do it And [...]


  11. Collection of personal essays that would have been perfect for Nerve back in the early 00s Lots of gimmicky repetition and overlap of subject material While I found the author s precociousness overbearing at first I came to appreciate the context the fuller picture provides There was a time when this kind of essay would inspire me to revisit my own period of reckless, feckless sex and drug taking back when I was in the Navy, but I empathized mostly with the protagonist s mother as I imagine this [...]



  12. Chloe s got it, that undefinable thing everyone wants to define Also, the essay about the French guy is as good as any of my favorite Leonard Cohen songs Excited to see what s next.


  13. I bought this book of essays on impulse, having seen it on my coffee break in the Small Press section at Powells Being a twenty something myself, I was intrigued and couldn t wait to read about another woman s life and experiences They were totally different from mine in a literal way, but I could still relate to the sense of wistfulness I found in many of her stories Like many if not most of us, Caldwell seems to learn the most about herself through her relationships with others, and that is wh [...]


  14. The short semi autobrographical essays in Legs Get Led Astray vary from minimalistic to complex, from stories of past relationships to stories of her apartment building collapsing These essays are at times not for the faint of heart, but the raw emotions portrayed in Caldwell s work are authentic In other words, this is what Lena Dunham wants to be but what Caldwell manages to pull off without pretension One issue I have with this collection is that the narrator states that these are autobiograp [...]


  15. Caldwell certainly has a distinct writing style These are prose poems than true prose, and she heavily favors writing these to a person using a lot of yous in her writing I discovered Caldwell when Powell s sent me a piece of her writing as part of an Indiespensables package if you re reading this, chances are you like to read, and I would highly encourage you to look into Indiespensables I m glad I bought her book the style is right up my alley I did find, though, that because she had SUCH a d [...]


  16. I first heard Chloe read an essay from a podcast of AWP, I think It was her essay Long May You Run , and I loved it, and I loved the way she read it And then, I didn t really forget about it as much as get distracted because there are so many things I would like to read Then, I was listening to Brad Listi s podcast, Other People , as I always do every week because I think it is an excellent podcast and I often love the books of the authors who he interviews Also, the interviews are always really [...]


  17. Maybe it s because I m an unrepentant narcissist, or maybe it s because we re Future Tense sisters, but I couldn t help but think that Chloe s book reminded me of Please Don t Kill the Freshman Like, if my life had been sewn with a brown thread instead of black, and if I had been east coast instead of west, and and if my parents had split up when I was in high school and not college, then I also would have moved to Brooklyn and fallen in love with boys at the Strand and lived in a dilapidated on [...]


  18. But my own legs had this idea that getting on airplanes that walking down ramp ways with a suitcase on wheels, that running away in a sense, would help me find whatever it was that I was looking for because he made it clear to me he could not give it to me My legs were steps ahead of me they were thinking maybe someone I could love lived on the West Coast What if I was in the wrong place I had to check My legs wanted to open widely for someone new and have that person take his place cancel him o [...]


  19. I could not put it down The title says it all We are not always in control of ourselves Legs Led Astray is a poignant, funny, and disturbing look into someone else s proverbial medicine cabinet The honesty the narrator conveys made me feel voyeuristic But by the time I reached the end, I felt like a changed person less like a watcher and like a participant in these stories Must read.


  20. EhI ll give it three stars because I do admire the candor with which Chloe writes about sex, masturbation especially A rare thing, it seems, in literature However, for me most of these essays were all exposure and very little insight Predictable 20s angst.


  21. Fantastic memoir of that will bring you back to that time in your life where you were in between adolescence and adulthoodp if that time included ingesting copious amounts of drugs, sex, andwell, writing Great read and I look forward to from this author.





  22. So beautiful Achingly youthful, honest, moving I picked it up randomly when I was at my favorite bookstore in Portland, Powells books The title spoke to me, and the book itself spoke volumes as well I connected with it immediately, lust, love, substances, all of it I immediately become obsessed with the essay about the time she had an affair with a guy with a girlfriend, and how she used the girl s lotion, yes to carrots, and created a narrative in her mind about the way the relationship was bet [...]



  23. This one is going to be tough for me to review and on some level you can disregard the numerical rating as you ll see Just bear with me.Non fiction is tough for me I feel like I m entering an intimate relationship with the author In the beginning, every new secret is awesome and you re just so filled with love Later on, you start to hear the same stories and you notice and how distant you feel, how so many of the things that initially excited you start to bore youI read Caldwell s Women and lo [...]


  24. What really knocks me out is a book that, when you re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it J.D SalingerThis is how I felt as I read Legs Get Led Astray by Chloe Caldwell A collection of 24 essays ranging from her early eyes wide open days in New York City to babysitting in Portland to doing little less than existing in Berlin, Caldwell s writing style and voice brings the reader righ [...]


  25. Chloe Caldwell can write Her prose is clear, honest, fearless and vivid smart, snarky and sweet In a word, enthralling I know I was not as brave in my twenties, both to do the things she does, and then to write about them in this flasher memoir style The essay collection seems to be an act of exposure, throwing open the raincoat and saying Look at me Do you love me A lot has already been said about the essay Hunger, the orgy, the hamburger One reviewer called her a hero I get that it is an extre [...]


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