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Make It Scream, Make It Burn

A new collection of essays about obsession and longing from Leslie Jamison, the New York Times bestselling author of The Recovering and The Empathy Exams. A combination of memoir, criticism, and journ... more

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TitleMake It Scream, Make It Burn
ReleaseSep 24th, 2019
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreWriting, Essays, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir

Make It Scream, Make It Burn Reviews

  • Michael
    Sep 26, 2019
    Incisive and candid, Make It Scream, Make It Burn is Jamison’s strongest work yet. Moving from the external to the internal, the three-part essay collection is thematically structured: the first regards the loneliness and longing of others; the second examines the bond between artists and their subjects, focusing on what it means to represent and engage with suffering; the third explores Jamison’s personal struggles with addiction, romance, pregnancy, and (step)motherhood. Whether the writer... more
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Sep 21, 2019
    I feel like Jamison has matured in how she views relationships and other people. These essays seem more interested in other people's motivations and quirks than her own, and she comes across as curious and empathetic. In 2007, I wrote an article for an obscure music librarian journal about Second Life and she interviewed one of the same avatars for the essay on Second Life in this collection. "52 Blue" is a favorite in this collection, and I really liked "The Real Smoke" which is about Vegas cul... more
  • Vincent Scarpa
    May 7, 2019
    Leslie Jamison is one of the best nonfiction writers of our time. Reading her on the page is exactly what I want always to be doing.
  • Rachel León
    Aug 27, 2019
    (4 big stars, rounded up to 5 because one essay literally made me scream... in this AH, LESLIE YOUR WRITING IS KILLING ME sort of way, which was followed by me reading like three paragraphs over again out loud to soak in her genius.)This is a solid collection of essays, to say the least. Some of them I definitely want to revisit again. One or two I was like meh, but one or two meh when there are at least five or six that cut me deeply, still equals a stellar collection. Overall, I LOVED it.
  • jeremy
    May 12, 2019
    metaphor always connects two disparate points; it suggests that no pathos exists in isolation, no plight exists apart from the plights of others. loneliness seeks out metaphors not just for definition but for the companionship of resonance, the promise of kinship in comparison. leslie jamison's writing is incisive and insightful, and, at its best, is marked by a sort of epiphanic explication—as if the construction of her resplendent prose is conjoined with the realizations they are simultaneou... more
  • Sarah
    Jul 23, 2019
    I received an egalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review; opinions are my own.Leslie Jamison is such a good essayist, y’all. She weaves together lyrical imagery, well-researched facts, personal narrative and broad context so well in pretty much everything she writes. This collection is organized in a really interesting way, and while the subjects of these essays range from the quirky (the whale Blue 52, the Museum Of Broken Relationships) to the deeply personal (Jamison’s jo... more
  • Casey Cep
    Jul 24, 2019
    Holy Moly! James Agee, Reincarnation, the Loneliest Whale in the World, Vegas Casinos, Border Crossings, the Museum of Broken Relationships -- you name it, and Leslie Jamison has wrangled into this incredible new collection of essays. Seriously, what a thrill to see so much new work from such a wonderful writer.I'll be interviewing Leslie Jamison on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 7PM at Politics & Prose. Please join us for a wonderful conversation: https://www.politics-prose.com/event/...
  • Kate
    Aug 7, 2019
    This collection is so insightful and thought-provoking! It is divided into three sections Longing, Looking and Dwelling. Jamison, a masterful essayist weaves together personal narrative with well researched fact. The subject matter within these essays are interesting, quirky and at times deeply personal. Themes of lonliness, obsession, loss, marriage, relationships, motherhood, and more. I appreciated her objectivity in each essay. You can feel her curiosity and connection to her subjects and th... more
  • Biljana
    Aug 20, 2019
    Leslie Jamison is such a talented nonfiction writer. This set of essays is categorized around 3 categories, which explore Longing, Looking, and Dwelling. Jamison is at her best when she fuses an exploration of a topic with the personal (e.g., the portrayal of step-motherhood in literature and society and Jamison's own experience with step-motherhood) or explores individuals who might not otherwise be considered (e.g., people who feel a kinship with a special blue whale, those who live part of th... more
  • Callum McAllister
    Aug 29, 2019
    Leslie Jamison is the greatest living American essayist. This is much in the same vein as The Empathy Exams and The Recovering. More personal than the Empathy Exams and feels more together - more so that the essays are pointing towards the same thing. Early on I was hoping that there would be a move from the analytical reportage of the early essays to a more personal tone, which happened and fantastically so. A great collection.
  • Lissa
    Aug 23, 2019
    3.5 starsI will always read anything that Leslie Jamison writes, mainly because I loved everything that she has written in the past. That said, this collection was maybe not my favorite. As always, the essays were extremely well written but some of these felt dated and one I am sure that I read before in a magazine (which is weird, because I don’t read a lot of magazines). Some were very good, some didn’t really hold my interest for the entire piece. So, while this was a perfectly enjoyable ... more
  • Sarah
    May 22, 2019
    Thank you to the publisher, via NetGalley, for providing me with an e-arc for review. This has in no way influenced my opinion.This, like my experience with all essay collections, was an uneven ride. I really enjoyed a few of the essays: 52 Blue, Sim Life, Up in Jaffna, and The Museum of Broken Hearts were standouts for me, for example. Jamison's writing remains emotional and accessible, if not a long winded on a few of the pieces. How much she cares about the subjects of each of her essays leap... more
  • Mary
    May 1, 2019
    I fell in love with Leslie Jamison's writing with her exquisite memoir, The Recovering. Her journalistic storytelling gets a chance to run wild in the series of essays contained in Make It Scream, Make It Burn. Ms. Jamison takes the reader all over the world as if they are living in her notebooks along with her stories. Well done.
  • Ginni
    Jun 2, 2019
    3.5 Make it Scream, Make it Burn is a collection of loosely-related essays, many about the author's own life, and others about subjects that caught her fancy. For the most part, these are ordinary people and routine situations; Jamison digs for meaning in things that are often overlooked, and I appreciate that. Her words are lovely, startlingly human, layered with research and years of experience in her craft.I'm not going to pretend like Leslie Jamison isn't a great writer. She is. But sometime... more
  • Jen
    May 26, 2019
    Searingly honest and often uncomfortably intimate, this collection of non-fiction stories or “essays”, are elevated not only by the assured nature of Leslie Jamison’s writing, but also by how emotionally invested she becomes with her subjects.In non-fiction, the trend is to be “once removed” from what you’re writing about, but not so here. Jamison is fully immersed in the telling. She’s the shadow of the photographer in every photo, her own personality, longings, obsessions and add... more
  • Hillary
    Jul 4, 2019
    The thing that continues to draw me to Leslie Jamison's work is her unabashed curiosity. She takes these deep dives into things that on the surface are very banal or firmly in the realm of science and builds a bridge into her own emotional life and the way she perceives the world. I am smitten with this new collection of essays, which covered a broad range of topics broken into three sections: "longing", "looking", and "dwelling". I found that many of the essays could have been placed in multipl... more
  • Michael
    Aug 16, 2019
    Leslie Jamison's new collection Make It Scream, Make It Burn takes a few essays to start cooking. I found "52 Blue," evidently a small classic already, hazy and meandering. "We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live Again" is promising but seems to cut off just when things get interesting. What is the half-baked "Layover Story" doing here? Then comes the endlessly fascinating "Sim Life," a 30-page history of the virtual world Second Life. Told with a generous amount of input from the program's ... more
  • Diane Payne
    May 31, 2019
    I always feel a level of connection to Leslie Jamison's essays, particularly her more personal ones. The more researched/travel essays are also engaging, and those that are included in this collection have mostly been published, so I had read them elsewhere, which removes a bit of the surprise element. I love her curiosity and her unexpected observations. Now that I have been enduring my own experiences with loneliness, I can understand more how other people probably never felt she could have be... more
  • Nicole Wagner
    Sep 9, 2019
    A book of essays. What about? Challenging perceptions, ultimately. The limitation of our own gaze. How journalism captures these limits and shares them out with their skewed areas of focus. If you can keep the theme in your mind as you're reading, this will make more sense. Otherwise this comes across as a bit scattered, a bit forced. I even considered not finishing it, because I lose patience with collections of essays. They tend not to give me enough to get invested, and then I have to move on... more
  • Natasha
    Sep 18, 2019
    I received this book as a part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I devoured this book, the writing is magnificent and the essays are about content that I am not only interested in, but passionate about. The book starts out with an essay about 52 Blue, which takes place in the beloved Pacific Northwest, my very own Washington state, so the essay was describing a familiar place and made it that much easier for me to settle into the storytelling and writing. 52 Blue tells the tale about a whale that sings i... more
  • Liz
    Jun 7, 2019
    I adore Leslie Jamison and was so thrilled to get an ARC copy of this book. What Jamison does so well and really articulates in this book is the desire to look closer at what many people look away from - the seemingly mundane, the underdogs, the tragedies, and really try to know and understand the perspective of others. Or, at least, how grasping at someone else's perspective can change or challenge your own. The essays in this book are pretty varied in topic, and some I wasn't sure I'd be inter... more
  • Cj Zawacki
    Oct 3, 2019
    This title, MAKE IT SCREAM, MAKE IT BURN; ESSAYS, by Leslie Jamison does not tell the great quality of the short essays that compose this book. Leslie Jamison has gathered her writings of many different subjects from a whale called 52 Blue, that has it's own Facebook page, to a Museum of Broken Hearts, that collects mementos of people's lost loves. Leslie has a style, that while presenting the good and questionable sides of the story, still lets the reader reach their own conclusion. This is a c... more
  • Rebecca
    Sep 21, 2019
    Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review.4.5 stars, rounded. Leslie Jamison's writing is entirely masterful, and her thoughtfully researched essays in this collection were, as a collective whole, fascinating. I found the last section, which were the most personal stories, focusing on her own relationships, the most compelling and resonant (in particular, her essay discussing stepmothers in literature and culture versus her own experience as a stepmother w... more
  • Norris Rettiger
    Oct 3, 2019
    Fantastic series of essays. What we take and what we give by recording and representing humanity, what doubts and what pains might separate us from each other, and whether it’s possible to truly accept, or even stand to look at, all the great variety and strangeness of life that people will inevitably express. We are all so different, and difference is alienating and frightening, but it’s what we do with that alienation and fear- how we react- that will prove how open we truly are, both to o... more
  • Christie
    Aug 16, 2019
    Jamison really shines when she's writing about herself. She's a great writer, and although not all of the essays hit home, they were for the most part touching and thoughtful. I discovered a lot of new things reading these essays--that there might be a lonely whale floating around out there, and that there's kind of a cool museum on Croatia I'd like to visit someday (and maybe donate to).
  • Mary
    Jul 27, 2019
    I was mesmerized by this book of essays. I loved the first essay "52 Blue", "about the loneliest whale in the world". Other favorites were: "We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live Again", "Maximum Exposure", "The Real Smoke", "Daughter of a Ghost" and "Museum of Broken Hearts". Leslie Jamison is an excellent writer.I received my Arc from Goodreads Giveaways.
  • laura (bookies & cookies)
    Sep 21, 2019
    DNF @ 39%Thank you to Libro.FM for providing me with an advanced copy of the audiobook.I tried to get into this, but all of the disparate topics (both from essay to essay and within the essay itself) didn't hold my interest or seem to follow the seem of "obsession."While I typically prefer short story anthologies written by a single author rather than many, as well as essay collections by one author (see: The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley), I did not enjoy this or the SERIAL style n... more
  • Susie Anderson
    Aug 27, 2019
    I adore this collection, and her writing, I'm startled to have just found her. I want to keep this book with me at all times. It is tender and honest and insightful about art, life and knowing other humans.
  • Leah Mensch
    Sep 24, 2019
    Screaming and burning and crying. All the stars for Jamison as usual.
  • Hillary
    Oct 2, 2019
    The last section of the book was perfect. The rest I could have done without.