Cool for You

Cool for You Grainy and stripped this gritty novel traces the downbeat progress of a Catholic working class lesbian coming of age in Boston The New York Times Book Review said the author has an exquisite sense o

  • Title: Cool for You
  • Author: Eileen Myles
  • ISBN: 9781887128599
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Paperback
  • Grainy and stripped, this gritty novel traces the downbeat progress of a Catholic, working class lesbian coming of age in Boston The New York Times Book Review said the author has an exquisite sense of the borderline where people hide or are transformed according to luck or will undramatically rich writing Dorothy Allison said, Eileen Myles is a genius

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    1. Eileen Myles

      Eileen Myles is probably America s best known unofficial poet Her latest book is Sorry, Tree in which she describes some nature as well as the transmigration of souls from the east coast to the west Bust Magazine calls Myles the rock star of modern poetry and Holland Cotter in The New York Times describes her as a cult figure to a generation of post punk females forming their own literary avant garde.

    361 thoughts on “Cool for You”

    1. when i was a freshman in high school, i had this job answering phones for a few hours after school. the girl who worked the shift before me was a senior, and sometimes she'd hang around after her shift ended to share stories about all the crazy stuff her and her metalhead friends did. i was just starting high school; she was just about to leave it. on the whole, she was tough and cynical, but there was a generosity to these stories - a sense that life has a lot of absurd tricks up its sleeves. s [...]



    2. I read an article about Eileen Myles recently, and the writer described Myles as someone who has "an intense yet introspective interest in humanity". An interest in her own humanity, and in the lives of the humans around her. I have that too. That's why I like her so much. I've had a crush on her ever since I discovered this book, almost ten years ago. However, if my teen self had ever met her teen self, back in the 60s and 70s, I would have been absolutely terrified. Sure, I wanted to be Peter [...]


    3. I loved this book so much. It lives squarely in the hungry micro-conundrums of human interaction, where everyone is odd and darkly historied and so are you, and doom seems close and yet far off because you're young. Myles expertly articulates both the strangely cobbled worlds of other souls--those unmistakably Northeast USA souls!--and the colorful, emotional funhouse-mirror fantasies one has alone with themselves. Navigating the endless web-weaving between the two hasn't felt as vividly wrought [...]



    4. I had actually read this book another time, drunk during a vacation in the mountains. I didn’t remember anything about the content of this book when I read it again-apparently the combination of mountains and alcohol is bad for reading retention-but Eileen Myles’s voice is unmistakable.And that’s the thing about this book: there were threads everywhere but it somehow seemed less organized around a central plot than other of her prose books I’ve read (and other of her prose books I’ve r [...]


    5. I'm not sure if this was supposed to make me laugh so much, but it did. I didn't necessarily think the situations were hee larry ous, but the author's turn of phrase was wonderful. It reminded me of my friend Val who just says things but somehow you're always cracking up and she seems surprised (but not offended) that her straightforward descriptions and observations are so damn funny.


    6. I tried to read this when I was still down on Eileen Myles and didn't finish, but now that I am up on her it seemed pretty good to me. Still don't like the picture on the cover though, except for that afghan.


    7. A lot of the time, when poets write novels I get frustrated at the language, like they're trying to make prose into poetry, too. But then, sometimes the poet knows exactly what she's doing. Eileen Myles is a brilliant writer.


    8. Eillen Myles can make the most beautiful thing sound repulsive and the most repulsive things into the most beautiful. It's repellent in its mirroriing ability and enchanting in it's accuracy. If you have ever been a working-class dyke, you need to read it.


    9. I really enjoyed the slipperiness of the time/sequence in this book and the way the author moved in and out of scenes and stories. I also liked the prose, which felt concrete without being clunky. However, I never felt a center to the novel - I never felt it pull together.


    10. Probably like 75% of how I perform masculinity is based on the picture of Eileen Myles on the cover of this book.



    11. Written in a cool, dispassionate, spare, almost poetic fashion, this is an excellent book. I only gave it three stars on account of I prefer rollicking comedic phantasmagorias.


    12. I really liked this book. Beautiful writing. The title, choice of photo for the cover, and description of the book as a "novel," however, make absolutely no sense.


    13. After reading this I have a new found crush. Ahhhhh.Eileen Myles. A very modern take on telling one's life story. She's honest, awkward, crude, innocent, and brilliant.


    14. More like three and a half stars? This one didn't fly by the way that Myles's other novels did, in part I think because the subject matter is a lot life circular and recurring? But also because it's a lot darker, a lot more helpless. It's hard for me to say if I enjoyed it less than, say, Chelsea Girls, or whether it was every bit as good but just harder to take. Many, many chunks of magnificent language: every page or two there are the kinds of passages you want to write down. So this is no les [...]


    15. 3.5 really. Eileen Myles's writing sometimes has me waiting to figure out where we're going, and I felt this way for most of this book. It was getting frustrating, but then the solar system bit at the end was so beautiful, it took my breath away. Overall I enjoyed this less than their other stuff but the bits I loved, I *loved.*


    16. Experimental without being difficult to read--Myles plays with the form of the memoir, switching up details and messing around with language in this work that is situated between fiction and autobiography. The end result is more fun than not, especially considering some of the grim content in this story.


    17. This book was a chore to get through. I'm disappointed that I didn't like it more. There's no doubt that Myles is a talented writer and I very much respected her feelings in her memoir but the disjointed & scatter-brained narrative was just not enjoyable.




    18. probably a mistake to read this immediately after chris kraus because the whole time I was like 'I would probably enjoy this way more if I didn't want to only be reading chris kraus'


    19. I enjoyed Myles' prose and her observations in this memoir of sorts, particularly the local color of a Boston from the 70s and 80s.



    20. I. didn't understand this book, really. Maybe it's because I took too long to read it. But tonight I opened it, 80% of the way through, and realized I knew essentially NOTHING about the narrator and what made her tick. I didn't even really understand the point of anything she was telling me, she was just throwing stories told in confusing prose at me and I was just sitting there like, "So???" This is odd, since I do tend to like unconventionally narrated books. Welp.


    21. Written with the immediacy of someone telling you a story over drinks in an empty bar, this book is a series of reflections, meditations and explorations on family and social structure. Myles writes about her experiences with mental institutions - her grandmother died in one and Myles herself worked in one has a young woman. Who is making the decisions about where people fall along that line of inside and outside? Who does the controlling when you're deemed on the inside? Myles explores these id [...]


    22. Inquiring minds want to know: what is a nonfiction novel? Is this fiction? Memoir? Fictionalised memoir? Memoir with artistic liberties taken?Whatever it is, this is the story (or some of it) of our protagonist Eileen growing up in a working-class Irish Catholic neighbourhood. Her story is interwoven with that of her quest to learn more about her grandmother, who was committed to a state hospital -- in essence declared mad -- for the end of her life. It's hard to know what to make of Eileen, who [...]


    23. Sort of a novel, sort of a memoir, Myles stream-of-consciousnesses her way through her life, or her life as a character, in a way that suggests one's memories of life as a series of interconnected, but not always directly linear, neural pathways. She is both grim and melancholy and thoroughly amusing in the way she describes things. Everything is fluid and without hold. She says at one point that she does not believe in metaphor, and it is true that everything here is so blatantly forward, witho [...]


    24. I loved the way Eileen Myles shares her journey to understand what happened to her grandmother Nellie. It's our collective history of women before we owned anything or had any power, it's a taste of life in the 50's, an insight into gender roles both profound and mundane, it's an immigrant tale of constant resilience and discovery. It's Irish, it's Catholic, it's not easy. None of which would be anyone's first choice for poetry, but that's exactly what Cool For You is. "There are lots of strange [...]


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