Exposure and Losers

Olivia Sudjic Josh Cohen

Read by Olivia Sudjic, Josh Cohen

Spiracle Audiobooks & Peninsula Press


Extent: 4:49:00

Audiobook ISBN: SPI-E-PEN-00002

RRP: £12

Publication date: 1 July 2023


An essay on the anxiety epidemic, autofiction and internet feminism; and an essay about politics, humility, and loss.

Drawing on Sudjic’s experience of anxiety – as well as the work of Elena Ferrante, Maggie Nelson, Jenny Offill, Rachel Cusk and others – Exposure examines the damaging assumptions that attend female artists, indeed any woman who risks exposure, as well as the strategies by which one might escape them.

Far from a sentimental moral virtue, humility may well be the most elusive, precarious, and indeed radical value of all, one which relies upon a full-hearted embrace of one’s inner loser. Enlisting the help of a cast of unlikely comrades – Thomas Bernhard, Franz Kafka, and Robert Walser – psychoanalyst and critic Josh Cohen shows in Loser how we might move beyond a culture based on enforced positivity, resentment, and humiliation.

Published with Peninsula Press
Illustration by Jonathan Hodgson