The great essayist Sallie Tisdale has been unjustifiably flying under the radar for years. Fortunately the The New Yorker recently did a profile on Tisdale, a reassessment of her importance, calling her work an antecedent to Eula Biss’ On Immunity, Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams, and Sarah Manguso’s Two Kinds of Decay. In all of her professions, past and present, as an abortion clinic nurse, a nurse in a cancer ward, as a writing teacher, or as a senior lay teacher of Buddhism at Dharma...Forward
Portland writer Sally Tisdale is one of Oregon’s true literary treasures. She’s the author of eight books, but she is first and foremost an essayist—someone who can make art out of her process of trying to make sense of the world. She spoke with host Dave Miller about her latest book, a collection of essays that she wrote over the last three decades called Violation.
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I love me a good essay collection, and Violation is now one of my favorites. Tisdale can find meaning anywhere and in anything: one of the best essays in this collection is on flies, and it is fabulous. You really do want to read an essay on flies! And also one on elephants! She has many essays on the natural world, and also on writing, on her family, on culture (Disneyland, dieting, abortion), and so much...Forward
A new collection of essays by Sallie Tisdale, who began writing during her off-hours from work as a nurse, captures her adeptness at exploring the complexities of caregiving.
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Two decades ago, Sallie Tisdale published an essay titled “The Basement,” in which she remembered visits to her grandmother’s house, with its smell of face powder and cigarettes, and the adults’ endless drinks and hushed voices upstairs. The essay is enchanting and nostalgic and...Forward
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The essays in ‘Violation’ are all lushly written and teeming with memory and insight.
Who wrote it?
Award winning mega-essayist, Sallie Tisdale.
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So I can honestly say that reading Violation was nothing but a pleasure for me. The essays in Violation are all lushly written and teeming with memory and insight. Tisdale is a master at her craft and all of these pieces...Forward
Violation by Sallie Tisdale: “A Buddhist woman who’s written about porn,” one critic has said of Tisdale. “Do you really need another reason to read her?” Well, if you put it that way, probably not. Portland-based indie press Hawthorne Books has compiled this first-ever essay collection by the author of Talk Dirty to Me and The Best Thing I Ever Tasted. The essays span Tisdale’s 30-year career and range in subject from the biology of flies to the author’s experience of working in...Forward
Sallie Tisdale has an extensive publishing history with essays in Harper’s Magazine, The New Yorker, Zyzzyva, Salon, Tin House, Conjunctions, Antioch Review, Esquire, Tricycle, and other magazines, as well as seven books including the ground-breaking Talk Dirty to Me. Her work has been reprinted in many anthologies, including Best American Spiritual Writing, Best Buddhist Writing, and Best American Science Writing. Violation is her first collection of essays spanning 25 years and a range of...Forward