Creative Writing at The New School

Give Me Everything You have by James LasdunMFA faculty member James Lasdun's new memoir, Give Me Everything You Have, is now available from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

On the Lasdun's memoir, Joyce Carol Oates wrote:

“Here is a chilling account of what it is to experience ‘verbal terrorism’ in the age of email and the Internet—a riveting memoir of James Lasdun’s nightmare experience of having been stalked for five years by a former student. This must be the most informative, the most insightful, and the most beautifully written of any account from the victim’s perspective of what has come to be called ‘cyberbullying.’”

Philip Schultz adds:

Give Me Everything You Have is a stunning fusion of memoir, travelogue, and compelling literary self-analysis. With the intuitive and psychological panache of Saul Bellow and the mythic intelligence and sweep of Robert Graves, James Lasdun explores the personal and historic qualities of terror and victimhood. The inquisition on anti-Semitism in all its inglorious aspects is both alarming and profound. It’s an original, honest, and courageous book.”

Writing for The New York Times, Scott Bradfield describes Give Me Everything You Have as:

"…[a] smart, rigorous and beautifully written memoir about being on the unwelcome end of someone else's attention…The ultimate revenge of people like Nasreen is that eventually they can get you to start thinking about them as much as they're already thinking about you, and the strength of Lasdun's latest book…is that he takes this meditation on a disastrous relationship into wider, and often more productive, arenas of discussion…On every page, Lasdun's prose is absorbing, involving and perfectly expressed."

Give Me Everything You Have is available to order online or at your local bookstore.

You can read an excerpt of Lasdun's book at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

James Lasdun was born in London and now lives in upstate New York. He has published two novels, as well as several collections of short stories and poetry. He has been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times, T. S. Eliot, and Forward prizes in poetry, and he was the winner of the inaugural BBC National Short Story Award. His nonfiction has been published in Harper’s MagazineGranta, and the London Reviewof Books. He is a faculty member for the New School's MFA program in Fiction.

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