Cultural Writing. Essays, meditations, travel notes, or chapters in a novella, these seven pieces defy easy categorization. Our narrator (a certain Susan Smith Nash) initially introduces herself as a resourceful, capable, sedated woman turning 40, but the reader soon finds this thumbnail sketch unraveling. Recording the unique perceptions of a woman addicted to relentless exploration, this is a book of fierce honesty, a soul-baring performance that manages to be both intellectually challenging and emotionally quickening. Susan Smith Nash is the author of many other titles carried by SPD, including the popular CHANNEL-SURFING THE APOCALYPSE and DOOMSDAY BELLY.