At Skylight: Lauren Oyler presents NO JUDGMENT

At Skylight: Lauren Oyler presents NO JUDGMENT

Join us for a groundbreaking collection of brand-new pieces about the role of cultural criticism in our ever-changing world, from national bestselling novelist and essayist Lauren Oyler!

In her writing for Harper’s, the London Review of BooksThe New Yorker, and elsewhere, Lauren Oyler has emerged as one of the most trenchant and influential critics of her generation, a talent whose judgments on works of literature—whether celebratory or scarily harsh—have become notorious. But what is the significance of being a critic and consumer of media in today’s fraught environment? How do we understand ourselves, and each other, as space between the individual and the world seems to get smaller and smaller, and our opinions on books and movies seem to represent something essential about our souls? And to put it bluntly, why should you care what she—or anyone—thinks?

In this, her first collection of essays, Oyler writes with about topics like the role of gossip in our exponentially communicative society, the rise and proliferation of autofiction, why we’re all so “vulnerable” these days, and her own anxiety. In her singular prose—sharp yet addictive, expansive yet personal—she encapsulates the world we live and think in with precision and care, delivering a work of cultural criticism as only she can.

Bringing to mind the works of such iconic writers as Susan Sontag, Pauline Kael, and Terry Castle, No Judgment is a testament to Lauren Oyler’s inimitable wit and her quest to understand how we shape the world through culture. It is a sparkling nonfiction debut from one of today’s most inventive thinkers.

Lauren Oyler’s essays on books and culture appear regularly in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the London Review of Books, Harper’s, and other publications. Her first novel, Fake Accounts, was a national bestseller when it was published in 2021. She lives in Berlin.

Event date: 
Monday, March 25, 2024 - 7:00pm
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1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
No Judgment: Essays By Lauren Oyler Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063235359
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Published: HarperOne - March 19th, 2024

Fake Accounts: A Novel By Lauren Oyler Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646221240
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Published: Catapult - February 8th, 2022