Room for Doubt
By Wendy Lesser
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307274960, 224pp.)
Publication Date: April 1, 2008
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Room for Doubt is Wendy Lesser’s account of three separate but interlocking occasions for doubt: her stay in Berlin, a city she had never expected to visit; her unwritten book on the philosopher David Hume; and her long friendship with the writer Leonard Michaels, which constantly broke down and yet endured. Through this unusual journey, Lesser in the end shows us how, once examined, things are never quite what she thought they were.
Wendy Lesser is the founding editor of The Threepenny Review and the author of six previous books. Her reviews and essays appear in major newspapers and magazines across the country. Her awards and fellowships include membership in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment from the Humanities, and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award for Criticism from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Currently, she is a Fellow at the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.
"Delightful. . . . [Lesser] makes it possible to find yourself, and your own relationships, in her raw anatomy of love between friends." —Los Angeles Times“The three intensely personal essays that make up this trenchant little volume display Lesser’s talent for brilliant, merciless self-criticism. She emerges as quirkily attractive and consistently interesting.” —The Atlantic Monthly"It is [Lesser’s] growing sense of doubt that expands and textures these essays as she reveals . . . the foiled expectations, unexpected discoveries and lively contradictions nested in her subjects." —San Francisco Chronicle“Erudite, discursive. . . . Her self-knowledge is acutely, fluidly, even beautifully rendered.” —The Washington Post“A sensitive, literate writer with smart and provocative things to say about art and life.” —Houston Chronicle