2012 Pick of the Year: The Art of Cruelty

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The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393343144
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 13th, 2012

This is one of the best works of criticism in recent memory.  Nelson examines everything from Yoko Ono’s weird performance art to the contemporary horror flick in a sweeping attempt to understand the nature of cruelty in art and determine how moral beings might navigate a world enriched and complicated by it.  Her voice is incendiary, sensitive, and thoroughly unpretentious.  Though I was a fan way back at Jane: A Murder, The Art of Cruelty put Maggie Nelson on the map as a thinker to watch.