CHELSEA HODSON discusses her collection of essays TONIGHT I'M SOMEONE ELSE with WENDY C. ORTIZ


Tonight I'm Someone Else (Henry Holt & Company)

A highly-anticipated collection, from the writer Maggie Nelson has called, “bracingly good…refreshing and welcome,” that explores the myriad ways in which desire and commodification intersect.

From graffiti gangs and Grand Theft Auto to sugar daddies, Schopenhauer, and a deadly game of Russian roulette, Chelsea Hodson probes her own desires to examine where the physical and the proprietary collide. In these essays, she asks what our privacy, our intimacy, and our own bodies are worth in the increasingly digital world of liking, linking, and sharing.

Starting with Hodson’s own work experience, which ranges from the mundane to the bizarre—including modeling and working on a NASA Mars mission— Hodson expands outward, looking at the ways in which the human will submits, whether in the marketplace or in a relationship. Both tender and jarring, this collection is relevant to anyone who’s ever searched for what the self is worth.

Hodson’s accumulation within each piece is purposeful, and her prose vivid, clear, and sometimes even shocking, as she explores the wonderful and strange forms of desire. This is a fresh, poetic debut from an exciting emerging voice, in which Hodson asks “How much can a body endure?” And the resounding answer: "almost everything."

Praise for Tonight I'm Someone Else


"I had a real romance with this book." —Miranda July

"These lucid insights, and Hodson’s transfixing style, mark a memorable first collection." —The Washington Post

"Chelsea Hodson tests herself against her desires, grapples with their consequences, and presents a surgically precise account of what they were to her. These essays are bewitching―despite their discipline and rigor, you can smell the blood." ―Sarah Manguso, author of 300 Arguments and The Two Kinds of Decay 

“Chelsea Hodson is my favorite essayist. Her work is like the desert: clean and mysterious and full of skeletons. I'll make a prediction: Tonight I'm Someone Else will go down as a classic.” ―Scott McClanahan, author of The Sarah Book

"A simultaneously bewildering and compelling body of work." —Kirkus Reviews

"The experience of reading these essays is akin to careening down a desert road on a bike with no brakes while a perfectly full moon hangs plump... reading Hodson's work feels risky; it's breathtaking." —Nylon

"I’m so blown away by Chelsea Hodson that I almost don’t know what to say. Tonight I’m Someone Else is thoughtful, insightful, and so affecting that it’s painful." —Hello Giggles

"[Tonight I'm Someone Else is] precise about the most mysterious things, cool, and thoughtfully exploratory. From the title on, [this book] draws upon a concentrated attention to self that leads continually toward something new." —The Believer

"This sad, smart essay collection... feels much like staring at your own face in a shattered mirror." —Philadelphia Weekly

"Read this startlingly honest essay collection and beware: You will emerge utterly changed." —Refinery29

Chelsea Hodson is the author of the book of essays Tonight I'm Someone Else and the chapbook Pity the Animal. She is a graduate of the MFA program at Bennington College and has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell Colony and PEN Center USA Emerging Voices. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Frieze Magazine, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at Catapult in New York and at Mors Tua Vita Mea in Sezze Romano, Italy.  

Photo by Ryan Lowry

Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of Excavation: A MemoirHollywood Notebook, and the dreamoir Bruja. In 2016 Bustle named her one of “9 Women Writers Who Are Breaking New Nonfiction Territory.” Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the National Book Critics Circle Small Press Spotlight blog. Her writing has appeared in such venues as The New York Times, Joyland, StoryQuarterly, and a year-long series appeared at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Wendy is a psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles.

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 7:30pm
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Los Angeles, CA 90027
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