American bad behavior mary gaitskill pdf, essayist, and short story writer. Gaitskill was born in Lexington, Kentucky. She has lived in New York City, Toronto, San Francisco, and Marin County, CA, as well as attending the University of Michigan, where she earned her B. She sold flowers in San Francisco as a teenage runaway.
In a conversation with novelist and short story writer Matthew Sharpe for BOMB Magazine, Gaitskill said she chose to become a writer at age 18 because she was “indignant about things—it was the typical teenage sense of ‘things are wrong in the world and I must say something. Christian at age 21 but lapsing after six months. She married the writer Peter Trachtenberg in 2001.
Gaitskill lives in Pennsylvania and teaches for the MFA program at Temple University. Gaitskill attempted to find a publisher for four years before her first book, the short story collection Bad Behavior, was published in 1988. The first four stories are written in the third person point of view from the perspectives of male characters.