Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked

Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked

by James Lasdun
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Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked by James Lasdun


Give Me Everything You Have chronicles author James Lasdun's strange and harrowing ordeal at the hands of a former student, a self-styled "verbal terrorist," who began trying, in her words, to "ruin him." Hate mail, online postings, and public accusations of plagiarism and sexual misconduct were her weapons of choice and, as with more conventional terrorist weapons, proved remarkably difficult to combat. James Lasdun's account, while terrifying, is told with compassion and humor, and brilliantly succeeds in turning a highly personal story into a profound meditation on subjects as varied as madness, race, Middle East politics, and the meaning of honor and reputation in the Internet age.

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ISBN-13: 9781250043573
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

James Lasdun was born in London and now lives in upstate New York. He has published novels, including It's Beginning to Hurt, as well as several collections of short stories and poetry. He has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times, T. S. Eliot, and Forward prizes in poetry, and he was the winner of the inaugural BBC National Short Story Award. His nonfiction has been published in Harper's Magazine, Granta, and the London Review of Books.

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Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
pretty sure the one star "anonymous" review here on this site is none other than lasdun's stalker.  two of my best friends have been tortured by a psychotic cyber-stalker. it has been a nightmare and they haven't been able to do a thing about it. hope this book sheds some light on this troubling problem....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the worst book I have ever read. I can't believe I got suckered in for $13. What was this writer thinking. The ending was even worse. It seems that the stalking was only secondary to the story. He goes off on other stories that make no sense. I also think he brought this Nasreen character on himself. I think he was flattered by her attention. When a professor starts E-mailing text that has nothing to do with the class to a female student it usually spells trouble, only he was too dumb to realize it. I have no sympathy for him. Save your money for a better written book. Wish I had.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am inclined to agree with the reader who only gave this book one star.  I found the book, which I am not likely to finish, boring reading. The author goes off on tangents in which I am not interested on race, ethnicity, his stereotyped perceptions of middle eastern women, upbringing, etc.  He starts off with concrete data on his relationship with his student, including increasingly bizarre emails from her, then wanders off into tangents. As someone who got stuck with a workplace stalker, I am most interested in how he dealt with and finally offloaded his stalker--not in his opinions of Bush/Blair or his travels.  While someone who gets stalked can't be blamed for the phenomena, Mr. Lasdun should have realized this was a woman who didn't recognize normal boundaries when she started accusations of improprieties with his other students and making passes at him online, yet continued correspondences with her.  The one thing about which I'm happy about the book is I will soon be returning it to the public library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick and provacative read. Chilling to say the least. I reccomend Ludsen's memoir to true crime and biography followers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book makes me wonder if something is missing that made Nasreen come unglued. Why don't we see how the author responded to her messages? The moment this old guy knew she was flirting is when communication should've stopped. This book also needs editing. He is all over the place. .... and, Borderline Personality? It makes me ill when this diagnosis is thrown around as it applies to criminal behavior. Assuming his story is true, I feel some compassion for Nasreen. Something caused this desperate behavior. I sincerely ponder what he may left out of this story.
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