Thanks to Caroline Crew — who just fucking gets us — you can hop over to Kenyon Review for a brilliant examination of Elizabeth Hall’s I Have Devoted My Life to the Clitoris (TS 2016).
Elizabeth Hall is the author of the book-length essay, I Have Devoted My Life to the Clitoris (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2016). She lives on a crumbling bluff in San Pedro, California, is the author of the chapbook Two Essays (eohippus labs), and plays bass in the band Pine Family.
2017 Lambda Literary Award Finalist
& Small Press Distribution Bestseller
Essay/Memoir | 5.25″x8″, 98 pp | Paperback | July 2016.
Cover art by Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, courtesy of the Artist and Jenkins Johnson Gallery.
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Elizabeth Hall began writing I Have Devoted My Life to the Clitoris in the summer of 2010 after reading Thomas Laqueur’s Making Sex. She was particularly struck by Laqueur’s bold assertion: “More words have been shed, I suspect, about the clitoris, than about any other organ, or at least, any organ its size.” How was it possible that Hall had been reading compulsively for years and never once stumbled upon this trove of prose devoted to the clit? If Lacquer’s claim was correct, where were all these “words”? And more: what did size have to do with it? Hall set out to find all that had been written about the clit past and present. As she soon discovered, the history of the clitoris is no ordinary tale; rather, its history is marked by the act of forgetting.
“Marvelously researched and sculpted…. Bulleted points rat-tat-tatting the patriarchy, strobing with pleasure” (Dodie Bellamy). “Freud, terra cotta cunts, hyenas, anatomists, and Acker, mixed with a certain slant of light on a windowsill and a leg thrown open invite us… Bawdy and beautiful” (Wendy C. Ortiz). “Gorgeous little book about a gorgeous little organ… Mines discourses as varied as sexology, plastic surgery, literature and feminism to produce an eye-opening compendium…. The ‘tender button’ finally gets its due” (Janet Sarbanes). “God this book is glorious…. You will learn and laugh and wonder why it took you so long to find this book” (Suzanne Scanlon). “An orgy of information…. At once sexy and scientifically compelling … delivering in small bites an investigation of the clit that is simultaneously a meditation on the myriad ways in which smallness hides power” (Allie Rowbottom, The Rumpus). “I promise, you need to read this book…. Reading the book feels like coming….” (Rachel Charlene Lewis, Maudlin House). “Hall does this without the esoteric, overly-academic tone usually associated with these topics…. After all, it’s a book about fucking, and coming. It’s fun to read….” (Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon, Full Stop). “Let yourself yelp while reading…. Yeah, this is that kind of book” (Claudia Cortese, Muzzle).
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We’re thrilled to announce that Elizabeth Hall’s I Have Devoted My Life to the Clitoris (TS Press 2016) has been chosen as a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in the category of Bisexual Nonfiction.
Tarpaulin Sky Press joins Action Books, Calamari Archive, and Per Second Press. Featuring Aaron Apps, Amy King, Nat Baldwin, Claire Donato, Johannes Goransson, Elizabeth Hall, Brandon Hobson, Valerie Hsiung, Robert Lopez, Vi Khi Nao, Julie Reverb, Joanna Ruocco, and Abe Smith.
The brilliant Claudia Cortese reviews Elizabeth Hall’s I Have Devoted My Life to the Clitoris (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2016): “I want to read Hall’s book on the subway, in a hallway, at a coffee shop—anywhere someone can see the jacket. 2016 may well be renamed the Year of the Pussy….”
“Hall can evoke in her reader’s mind questions about many things including: the limits and potentials of language, the indeterminacy and implications of sexual difference, and the culturally relative, socially constructed and situated nature of science and ethics. But Hall does this without the esoteric, overly-academic tone usually associated with these topics…. After all, it’s a book about fucking, and coming. It’s fun to read.”
Interviews, even with the most amazing people, are still only as good as the interviewer. At Brooklyn Magazine, we all get lucky with the fab Marian Ryan, who is right at home with Elizabeth Hall and her debut, I Have Devoted My Life to the Clitoris (TS Press, 2016).
Elizabeth Hall, East Coast tour dates: Athens, GA, with Melissa Buzzeo, & TBD; Chicago, IL, with Erik Anderson and Phillip Williams; Montclaire, NJ; Brooklyn, NY, with Claire Donato, Amy King, Vi Khi Nao, and Laura Warman; Philadelphia, PA, with Gina Meyers, Cynthia Dewi Oka, and Nicole Steinberg….
Allie Rowbottom at The Rumpus writes a brilliant review of Elizabeth Hall’s I Have Devoted My Life to the Clitoris (TS, 2016): “an orgy of information…. at once sexy and scientifically compelling … rendered with graceful care, delivering in small bites an investigation of the clit that is simultaneously a meditation on the myriad ways in which smallness hides power.”
“I am very much the sort of aggressively-obsessed-with-vaginas type who is drawn immediately to books like Elizabeth Hall’s I Have Devoted My Life to the Clitoris—but that doesn’t mean that you have to be someone with a deep love for clits to really, truly need to read this book. Because, I promise, you need to read this book.”
May – June 2016: Portland, Or; Eugene, OR; San Francisco, CA. Elizabeth Hall, with Evelyn Hampton, Jamondria Harris, Amy Lam, Teresa K. Miller, Jordan Okumura, A.M. O’Malley, Jason Snyder, Robert Torres …
At Weird Sister, the brilliant Kristin Sanders interviews Tarpaulin Sky author Elizabeth Hall, whose essay/memoir, I Have Devoted My Life to the Clitoris, is fresh from the press.
Impress your friends. Save big money. Read some of the most exciting indie-press literature being published today. Subscribe to the Tarpaulin Sky Press 2016 roster, featuring debut authors Steven Dunn, Dana Green, and Elizabeth Hall, in addition to new work by poetry icon Amy King and the mysterious desert hermit, Kim Parko.
Tarpaulin Sky Press is tickled pink to announce its plans to publish Elizabeth Hall’s nonfiction book I Have Devoted My Life to the Clitoris. Hall’s book will join our other books scheduled for Spring 2016. Read excerpts….