The great female wits – in both senses – of C20th American cultural and intellectual life, including Dorothy Parker, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Joan Didion, Nora Ephron and Janet Malcolm. Fascinating and very entertaining mix of biography, lit crit and social history.
Hayes’s talents as a graphic novelist are once again gleaming here as he takes Rimbaud’s autobiographical poem ‘Le Bateau Ivre’ (in a new translation) and weaves a spell of images to accomany the words. “As I was drifting down indifferent streams…”. Shades of Bawden and Ravilious, and miraculous.