Any Person Is the Only Self

Any Person Is the Only Self

Any Person Is the Only Self is available for preorder from FSG / Bookshop / Amazon / your favorite indie. On sale June 11, 2024.

Any Person is the Only Self is absolutely brilliant, full of clarity and mystery and light: Gabbert effs the ineffable, describes the impossible to describe—the state of reading, what it means to remember. I’m still thinking about these essays, by which I mean still thinking about Gabbert’s own thoughts; I keep bringing them up in conversation. Elisa Gabbert is one of my favorite living writers.” — Elizabeth McCracken 

“Gabbert is one of my favorite living writers, whether she’s deconstructing a poem or tweeting about Seinfeld. Her essays are what I love most, and her newest collection sees Gabbert in rare form: witty and insightful, clear-eyed and candid. I adored these essays, and I hope (the inevitable success of) this book might augur something of an essay-collection renaissance.” — Sophia M. Stewart, The Millions

“Elisa Gabbert is a reader’s reader, smart and funny and endlessly insightful about the pleasures of books, the joys of beloved texts, and the many ways in which the self can be shaped and remade by the lifelong consumption and consideration of art. Any Person Is the Only Self made me want to read even more than I already do, and to do so better and more deeply; long before I reached its last page, I knew I would begin it again the second I finished.” — Matt Bell, author of Appleseed and Refuse to Be Done

“It’s hard to think of another essayist whose intellect is so inviting, so companionable, yet so confident and persuasive—Elisa Gabbert isn’t just brilliant, she makes you feel brilliant too. This book of many subjects—hair metal, Plath, Phil Collins, Rilke, Point Break—really has just one: Gabbert’s erudite, entertaining, inexhaustibly compelling mind.” — J. Robert Lennon, author of Pieces for the Left Hand and Let Me Think

Any Person Is the Only Self again proves how lucky we are to have Elisa Gabbert—to be able to treat ourselves to her erudition, her capacious curiosity, her writerly verve, her good humor. Gabbert’s playful intelligence courses through these essays like a glittering cool river discovered during a mountain hike, and she is equally adept at finding unexpected profundities in Sylvia Plath or Phil Collins, the uncanniness of childhood, or the pleasures of Point Break. This is insightful, funny, mind-expanding stuff, filled with quiet epiphanies and surprising delights.” — Isaac Butler, author of The Method