One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter

One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter

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Book - 2017
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The author writes about her experiences living in Canada as the daughter of Indian immigrants.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780385685351
0385685351
Branch Call Number: 971.0049 Koul
Characteristics: 241 pages : illustration

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Indoorcamping
Aug 07, 2017

Something so precious and tender about this beautifully written account of growing up unique, hairy and brown in a world so unlike her. So many stories like this seem sappy or sad or, worse yet, self absorbed and entitled, but this is nothing like that. She's smart and strong, yet she doesn't write like that. It's such a good balance of interior and exterior thought/dialog vs action/storyline that you just want to call her up and say thank you.

Beautifully, smartly, written, about an experience as far removed from mine as you can get, yet totally relatable and readable (in a day!).

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shayshortt
Jul 29, 2017

The pieces in this collection range in tone, but even the essays that are pure humour have an undertow of cultural commentary. As she recounts getting stuck in a skirt in the fitting room of a clothing store where she used to work—and having to be cut out of it—Koul manages to perfectly capture the tendency to pin our hopes on the perfect wardrobe. Even as she is getting stuck, she thinks this is “The item, the big item that changes the way I dress and thereby changes the way I am as a person. It’s not just a skirt; it’s the entry fee for a better existence. I would exude a new confidence, it would smooth out the wrinkles in my body, it would hide all the ways I have disappointed and failed people in the past.” Body image is never far beneath the surface of these reflections, with race and gender only serving to further complicate matters. And this piece fits into the collection right alongside more serous pieces, such as the dissection surveillance as an aspect of rape culture, showcasing Koul’s diverse range and deft hand with a variety of subject matter.

Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2017/07/28/one-day-well-all-be-dead-and-none-of-this-will-matter/

debwalker May 31, 2017

Getting good U.S. reviews. Discover: One woman deals with the racial and gender complexities of Western and Indian life in this funny yet poignant collection of essays.

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Jotamide
Oct 18, 2016

About the author:

http://www.genuinewitty.com/2016/02/24/why-im-considering-filing-a-human-rights-complaint-against-buzzfeed-canada/

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shayshortt
Jul 29, 2017

The daughter of Kashmiri Indian immigrants, Scaachi Koul was born in Canada, and grew up in Calgary, Alberta before moving to Toronto for university. There she became a writer and editor for BuzzFeed Canada, and started dating a white man more than a decade her senior who she kept secret from her parents for many years. She sparked on a storm on Twitter in 2016 when she put out a call for more diverse submissions. Her debut collection of essays addressing growing up at the intersection of two cultures, fighting for a place in either one, while constantly defending choices her parents do not understand or approve of. Koul approaches this subject with a biting humour that belies the seriousness of the subject matter.

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shayshortt
Jul 29, 2017

Violence: Discussion and analysis of rape culture.

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shayshortt
Jul 29, 2017

Mom talks about moving to Canada as though my father had requested she start wearing fun hats. Why not try it? she thought, instead of This fucking lunatic wants me to go to a country made of ice and casual racism.

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