RaveWiredMachado is a magician at illuminating difficult topics with familiar examples ... There is a generous accessibility in this framing. The subjects Machado covers are so big, so heartbreaking, that the occasional reference to popular culture makes them comprehensible for readers who may never experience what she experienced. Being able to draw those comparisons isn\'t easy, but it\'s also essential ... the way it seamlessly weaves the facts of her life with fictions—the ghosts that still haunt her, the fact that even time travel could not undo what’s been done—is a masterstroke. Machado\'s that writer who can convincingly code-switch between sci-fi nerdery and lyrical realism. She\'s equally at home in both worlds ... proof that sometimes the most valuable stories genre writers have to tell are their own. Believe them.
RaveWired... the vignettes touch on everything from class, gender, and race to the anxieties that talking about those things can stir up. They are also delightfully unsettling ... as funny, thoughtful, and unhinged as it is slightly uncomfortable to read, and if that isn\'t the ethos of the current pop culture moment, what is?
PositiveWiredWinterson is one of the better writers of the late 20th century, but it may be harder for her to succeed at being one of the best of the 21st