Tonight I'm Someone Else: Essays

Tonight I'm Someone Else: Essays

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, in these essays, Chelsea Hodson probes her own desires to examine where the physical and the proprietary collide. 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."

Title:Tonight I'm Someone Else: Essays
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About Chelsea Hodson

Chelsea Hodson is the author of the forthcoming essay collection


    Tonight I'm Someone Else: Essays Reviews

  • Thomas

    3.5 starsA vulnerable essay collection about desire, intimacy, and what our bodies can endure under physical and emotional duress. Chelsea Hodson's writing felt the strongest in her longer-form narrat...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    "Last week, I decided my friend, Erik, was both beautiful and impossible, and I felt it save my life in a way."Okay friends, I'm going to say some honest things about this book, because I was given a ...

  • Wendy Ortiz

    This causes me to wait breathlessly for everything Chelsea Hodson will write next. 10 stars. ...

  • Nicola

    Tedious. I couldn’t finish this one, but felt I’d read enough to make a rating. It’s filled with pedestrian MA in Personal Essay passages and aimless coasting and credit card debt-racking (such ...

  • Vincent Scarpa

    "For our high school graduation party, our school hired a hypnotist. My best friend volunteered herself, went onstage, fell asleep, and then he had her dancing and singing Backstreet Boys songs. When ...

  • Scott

    While this collection had some good chapters, there were moments when my attention started to wander and my thoughts could've been titled Tonight I'm Reading Something Else. Okay, that was an easy jok...

  • Kevin

    Chelsea Hodson is somewhere between poet and magician. Her sleight of hand is dazzling, weaving dark themes and just the right amount of vulnerable heart into these essays, whether they be meaty and f...

  • Daniel

    Je serais un grand lecteur de poésie si la poésie était toujours comme ça. ...

  • Elizabeth

    I read the inside cover before I bought this book and read it again after I finished. And, I can't say that the promise matches my perceptions. Hodson is a skilled writer, but that is all that I can s...

  • Kevin Maloney

    Chelsea Hodson is one of 3 or 4 living writers whose prose completely breaks me. I never feel comfortable in her essays... I’m blindfolded, at her mercy. I can’t tell if she’s holding a knife to...