Mary Gaitskill

Losing At Cards

Louis Malle, “William Wilson Full Movie” (1968)

Notice the way he touches her face; the cold stare she gives him (22:28…).

Any further comment is superfluous.

She slaps him, but not because he whipped her and not because he was about to have her gang-raped: She’s pissed because he cheated at cards!

Louis Malle, “William Wilson” from “Histoires Extraordinaires” (1968)

- Mary Gaitskill

  • Amy Ponomarev

    The only thing I can think of that would make his behavior worse: He’s a famous writer who tells her never to write about being whipped after losing at cards. That’s his turf.

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Mary Gaitskill is the author of the novels: "Veronica," "Two Girls, Fat and Thin," and "The Mare." She has also written three books of stories: "Bad Behavior," "Because They Wanted To," and "Don't Cry," and a book of essays, entitled "Somebody with a Little Hammer." More Mary Gaitskill here.