Lauren Oyler presents No Judgement, in conversation with Naomi Fry

March 20th
McNally Jackson Seaport
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In addition to the conversation, we are thrilled to invite all attendees to an after-party celebrating No Judgement. The after-party will take place at the store directly following the conversation portion of the evening. If you RSVP to the main event, you are automatically registered for the after-party. If you'd like to attend only the after-party, you can select that option below. With this ticket option, please join us at 7:30pm for drinks, a signing, and general merriment! Books and drinks will be available for purchase on the night. RSVP below and enjoy!

From the national bestselling novelist and essayist, a groundbreaking collection of brand-new pieces about the role of cultural criticism in our ever-changing world.

"Brisk, honest and soaring with élan. Oyler persuasively advocates clear thinking through doing it herself with such poise. Her critical approach isn't currently common sense, but it should be, and soon enough maybe it will." — Naoise Dolan, author of Exciting Times and The Happy Couple

In her writing for Harper’s, the London Review of Books, The New Yorker, and elsewhere, Lauren Oyler has emerged as one of the most trenchant and influential critics of her generation, a talent whose judgments on works of literature—whether celebratory or scarily harsh—have become notorious. But what is the significance of being a critic and consumer of media in today’s fraught environment? How do we understand ourselves, and each other, as space between the individual and the world seems to get smaller and smaller, and our opinions on books and movies seem to represent something essential about our souls? And to put it bluntly, why should you care what she—or anyone—thinks?

In this, her first collection of essays, Oyler writes with about topics like the role of gossip in our exponentially communicative society, the rise and proliferation of autofiction, why we’re all so “vulnerable” these days, and her own anxiety. In her singular prose—sharp yet addictive, expansive yet personal—she encapsulates the world we live and think in with precision and care, delivering a work of cultural criticism as only she can.

Bringing to mind the works of such iconic writers as Susan Sontag, Pauline Kael, and Terry Castle, No Judgment is a testament to Lauren Oyler’s inimitable wit and her quest to understand how we shape the world through culture. It is a sparkling nonfiction debut from one of today’s most inventive thinkers.

"Like stumbling into the best archival New Yorker essays—smart and unafraid and (thank God) funny. This is exactly what I want to read." — Monica Heisey, author of Really Good, Actually

"Oyler is one of our sharpest and most fearless cultural critics....Opining on gossip and anxiety, autofiction and vulnerability, and much, much more, [her] caustic wit and penetrating voice shine through every essay." — Sophia Stewart, The Millions

Lauren Oyler’s essays on books and culture appear regularly in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the London Review of Books, Harper’s Magazine, and other publications. Her debut novel, Fake Accounts, was a national bestseller when it was published in 2021. Before that, she co-wrote two books with Alyssa Mastromonaco, and she has ghostwritten other works as well. She lives in Berlin.




Naomi Fry is a staff writer at the New Yorker, where she writes about popular culture, books, and art.




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