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Things I Learned at Art School

Things I Learned at Art School (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Dunn, Megan

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From the writer who brought you Tinderbox, a book about a woman trying to write a book, comes Things I Learned at Art School, a memoir by a woman who has never kept a diary. Until now. Part memoir, part essay collection, Megan Dunn's ingenious, moving, hilariously personal Things... I Learned at Art School tells the story of her early life and coming-of-age in New Zealand in the '70s, '80s and '90s. From her parents' split-up to her Smurf collection, from the mean girls at school to the mermaid movie Splash!, from her work in strip clubs and massage parlours (and one steak restaurant) to the art school of the title, this is a dazzling, killer read from a contemporary voice of comic brilliance. Chapters include- The Ballad of Western Barbie; A Comprehensive List of All the Girls Who Teased Me at Western Heights High School, What They Looked Like and Why They Did It; On Being a Redhead; Life Begins at Forty- That Time My Uncle Killed Himself; Good Girls Write Memoirs, Bad Girls Don't Have Time; Videos I Watched with My Father; Things I Learned at Art School; CV of a Fat Waitress; Nine Months in a Massage Parlour Called Belle de Jour; Various Uses for a Low Self-esteem; Art in the Waiting Room and Submerging Artist. Praise for Tinderbox- Tinderbox is deadpan hilarious and Megan Dunn is a comic genius. - Susanna Andrew, Metro Megan Dunn's wry, whip-smart memoir about Fahrenheit 451, literary ambition & the last days of Borders Bookstores is funny & insightful as hell. Like Kathy Acker meets Sue Townsend. The read of the summer! ... already one of my favourite New Zealand books. - Hera Lindsay Bird Witty, highly entertaining. - Philip Matthews, Stuff Tinderbox is such a shape-shifter, such a sui generis work, that to call it a memoir does it a disservice ... Dunn's voice is hard to resist - sardonic, brazen, sagacious - recalling, in places, Nora Ephron, John Jeremiah Sullivan, and Maggie Nelson. - James Cook, Review 31
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ISBN 9780143774853
Published NZ 17 Aug 2021
Publisher Penguin
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780143774853
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Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Books (NZ)
Published 17 Aug 2021
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 2 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Dunn, Megan
Category Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
Other Prose: Classical, Early & Medieval
Biography & Autobiography
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 136mm
Height: 209mm
Spine: 26mm
Dewey Code 824.92
Weight 340g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Authors - Biography, Artists - Biography, Artists, Authors
NBS Text Anthologies, Essays, Letters & Miscellaneous
ONIX Text General/trade