Interior States: Essays

Interior States: Essays

"Meghan O'Gieblyn's deep and searching essays are written with a precise sort of skepticism and a slight ache in the heart. A first-rate and riveting collection." --Lorrie Moore A fresh, acute, and even profound collection that centers around two core (and related) issues of American identity: faith, in general and the specific forms Christianity takes in particular; and t "Meghan O'Gieblyn's deep and searching essays are written with a precise sort of skepticism and a slight ache in th...

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Title:Interior States: Essays
Author:Meghan O'Gieblyn
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Genres:Writing
ISBN:0525562702
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

Interior States: Essays Reviews

  • Andrew Bertaina
    Dec 08, 2018
    This book is particularly salient for people who are interested in the intersection of philosophy, faith, and the larger narrative structures that govern how we conceive of our lives. ...
  • John
    Jan 09, 2019
    This is a superb collection of essays. The heart of the book is a set of reflections on various books, events, cultural trends in ways that tap the author's former but weirdly continuing experience from within evangelical Christianity -- I need to be a little careful here, because whil...
  • Rebecca
    Jan 07, 2019
    I kept trying to put Meghan O?Gieblyn in a box -- former Christian revealing weirdly oppressive childhood? Not quite. Secular intellectual intent on poling holes in Christian theology? No. Religious humanist extolling the beautiful intricacies of existence? Not exactly. Her essays de...
  • Beth
    Dec 09, 2018
    4.5 stars. I first encountered Meghan O'Gieblyn in the 2018 edition of the Pushcart Prize, which included her Dispatch from Flyover Country. Thematically, this collection includes mostly thoughts of a lapsed Christian and/or resident of the heartland. There are also great essays on AA,...
  • Zandria
    Mar 18, 2019
    Meghan is a strong writer and some of these essays were really good. The problem was, it wasn?t all memoir -- some of the essays were personal, but others weren?t. All of the essays were reprinted from other publications (instead of being written specifically to include in this boo...
  • Frances
    Feb 11, 2019
    A fascinating glimpse in to topics related to modern, midwestern, fundamentalist Christianity. As one who grew up in the Midwest, in Wisconsin, I also found her descriptions and commentary intriguing in that regard. For example, "niceness." I'll be keeping my eyes open for more of her ...
  • Alan
    Oct 16, 2018
    Yet once again, Nervous Breakdown Book Club drags me out of my reading comfort zone into a world of phenomenal essays touching on topics as disparate as John Updike, Christian Music, and Michigan. The author, now secular, was once a home-schooled evangelical who studied at a famous bib...
  • Jen Hirt
    Mar 09, 2019
    I first read Meghan O'Gieblyn in Best American Essays, with "Dispatch From Flyover Country." I was teaching BAE to English majors in Pennsylvania, and they had no idea what "flyover country" alluded too. Those of us from the midwest (Ohio for me) can certainly relate to many of these e...
  • Charles Dee Mitchell
    Feb 02, 2019
    In the future, the whole swath of late modernity will call to mind the image of the image of people eating delicacies and talking about the state of their souls --just as when someone mentions the medieval period, we picture people toiling in ditches. (From "Contemporaries") Perhaps...
  • Bethany
    Jan 20, 2019
    I picked up this book because I identify with the author?s perspective as another Midwestern evangelical who went to Moody Bible Institute only to find my long-held beliefs disintegrating. I did not realize until I read the essay Hell that we were both at Moody at the same time. Even...
  • Marian
    Sep 02, 2018
    Assigned review TK in October. ...
  • Aaron
    Nov 25, 2018
    One of my favorite living essayists?one of our best writers speaking to faith, secularism, and mystery. On ?American Niceness?: ?I live in Wisconsin, a place where niceness is so ubiquitous that it seems practically constitutional?In this part of the country, niceness is l...
  • John
    Mar 26, 2019
    I received this book from NetGalley. I was somewhat skeptical of this collection coming into it after reading a few reviews, but I actually really enjoyed it. O'Gieblyn is an incredibly thoughtful and well-read writer and her reflections on evangelical culture, Christian transhumanism,...
  • Catie
    Nov 18, 2018
    "It's a paradox of human nature that the sites of our unhappiness are precisely those that we come to trust most hardily, that we absorb most readily into our identity, and that we defend most vociferously when they come under attack." "True compassion is possible not because we are...
  • Ava Huang
    Jan 30, 2019
    This collection is stunning. A couple of essays reminded me a ton of Kristin Dombek's essay in The Paris Review (https://www.theparisreview.org/letter...). There's a kind of headiness and fever to religious experience that's hard to cast off, and I think anyone who grew up with faith f...
  • Michael Smith
    Jan 19, 2019
    This is an exceptional book of essays on the theme of spirituality and American culture. The final essay on Pence is terrifying, a must-read for anyone who cares about what?s happening in American life right now. ...
  • Anthoferjea
    Feb 10, 2019
    She's insanely talented at navigating the cultural elitism of the academy and representing a much wider swath of intellectual but not cynical people. Her essays are both full of ideas and light on their feet and I wanted to devour each new essay in a way that I rarely do when confronte...
  • Lori
    Feb 26, 2019
    I almost dismissed this as a bunch of fundamentalist ramblings; however, it is far from that. O'G.'s writing style is deep and thoughtful. She describes an almost bizarre, myopic upbringing, one that she has moved well beyond in her far-reaching philosophical and existential musings. ...
  • Rachel
    Apr 05, 2019
    Loved it!! She put words to so many things I?ve been wrestling through with religious ideology. ...
  • Ned
    Mar 31, 2019
    This caught my eye in LaGuardia airport and I bought on impulse. A quick scan of the chapter titles quickly revealed this was about subjects of deep interest to me: Living and loving in the conservative Midwest, wrestling out of a fundamentalist religious upbringing and fresh views on ...
  • Paul Carlson
    Jan 31, 2019
    One of the best books of essays I've read in a long time. Coming from a similar background (although close to twice the author's age), I connected with--resonated with--many of her experiences and thoughts about faith, life, and how we live now. ...
  • Scott Pierce
    Dec 27, 2018
    Very interesting set of essays delving into religion from an author who was raised in a very religious environment, at some point abandoned faith, and has now returned to give thought to the role religion plays in our current society. Some samples of intriguing points: - "I develope...
  • Brian Hutzell
    Apr 23, 2019
    You will likely not agree with everything O?Gieblyn writes, but then I believe any time you find yourself agreeing with someone 100% you are probably overlooking something. The essays in this collection center around Christianity, O?Gieblyn?s history with the faith and its place ...
  • Steven Ridgely
    Mar 28, 2019
    Interesting read. ...
  • Marty Sartini Garner
    Feb 04, 2019
    I didn't plan to finish this book in two days, but I found it irresistible. This is an absolutely stunning set of essays that treat what are generally considered to be cultural embarrassments (evangelical Christianity, the midwest) with a dignity and respect, but O'Gieblyn (an ex-Chris...
  • Alice
    Mar 26, 2019
    loved this, reads like Joan Didion essays for the Midwest. Lots going on here and I'm now about to enter a Wikipedia hole about Michigan and theology and transhumanism. ...
  • Dylan Weir
    Feb 12, 2019
    One of the best book of essays I have read in recent memory. Interior states is a clear, comprehensive, and sober look at the modern existential crises facing our generation. This is the first book I've felt compelled to write a review for. I highly suggest everyone read this - especia...
  • Jason Scarbrough
    Oct 30, 2018
    Great book on the midwestern mindset and the author's loss of faith. ...
  • Cristalyne
    Mar 21, 2019
    As a Midwesterner from an evangelical family, I expected to relate to the author, but I didn?t. This book was more about faith than place and she seems to struggle with the loss of her faith in a way that I don?t. ...
  • Molly
    Dec 30, 2018
    in the tumult of fall, i left quite a few books unfinished to varying degrees: some with a heretical ten pages remaining and others i'd barely begun. interior states was one of the latter, and what are holidays for if not to revisit what remains incomplete? since i no longer return to ...