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Too Much and Not the Mood, Durga Chew-Bose, HarperCollins Canada (2017)

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“I have no pen…and not much to say, or rather too much and not the mood,” wrote Virginia Woolf in a diary entry dated April 11, 1931. Eighty-six years later, the essays which form Durga Chew-Bose’s first book, Too Much and Not the Mood, echo its namesake’s concern about editing oneself in order to please readers, and questioning if she has anything worth saying after all. In what critics have described as “a dazzling display of action and description” Chew-Bose’s debut collection explores the complexity and potential of revisiting one’s past, ultimately questioning the usefulness of such an endeavour.

In the final line of “Part of a Greater Pattern,” the second essay in the collection, Chew-Bose meditates on her embodied memory of her childhood home and former social scene. She writes, “like omens I neglected, like apprehensions I would only later—much later—understand as how my body was, in its way, anthologizing my childhood.” The word anthologizing is key here because of how it relates to tracking one’s own experience, as in the practice of journaling. Chew-Bose reminds us, and herself, that she has lived through everything recorded whether or not she shares the experiences with us—and whether or not we are interested in her way of recounting them.

But if Chew-Bose’s project is working towards an anthology of memories, then the question of editorial intention implicit in the collection’s title returns. Journals, or diaries, are not written to be read by other people. Inversely, the personal essay occupies a realm left alone by the diary entry — in recent years it has become synonymous with airing out the most private parts of your life to the public, often with a comedic flourish.As Haley Mlotek writes in a 2015 article in the Guardian, “‘more is more’ when it comes to the personal essay.” While Too Much and Not the Mood is labeled a book of essays on its front cover, the titular Woolf reference combined with the looping stream of consciousness structure and rapid fire details position Chew-Bose’s book as somewhere in the middle: toeing the line between uncensored anthology and shining personal essay.

Woolf’s diary entry meditates on the habit of censoring oneself in order to be presentable to others. Chew-Bose similarly derides the tendency to over-edit. In discussing the practice of writing in Heart Museum, she says, “the intention shouldn’t only be to polish what we start but to acknowledge that beginning again and again can possess the acquisitive thrill of a countdown that never reaches zero.” Later in the same essay she ponders how to present what is finished while “also taking comfort in knowing it will evolve.” She favours sentences that have the effect of stopping short, “of dirt and cutaway rocks tumbling down the edge of a cliff, alerting you to the drop.” Her writing hurtles forward at breakneck speed, giving the illusion of being reflexive rather than over-thought.

The essays are most compelling when the structural conventions of the genres are blurred. Chew-Bose opens “Heart Museum”with what appears to be simply a list, exploiting the listicle trope and then bleeding into personal essay, by orienting the piece around the number of tasks that are completed while a heart is beating. As the source inspiration falls away, Chew-Bose indulges in this newly carved-out space to wander and create the diary-like prose that constitutes the bulk of the essay. Before this mode of discourse gets tiring, she returns to the heart framework and reveals the initial model for the essay: “While I rely, perhaps in excess, on my wad of massed-together nostalgia and unrelated brain waves, my hope is that there is in fact a frame.”

“Heart Museum” is the best example of Chew-Bose’s detail-oriented style of storytelling that cycles through lists and memories, strings of tiny moments that celebrate the vastness and absurdity of the world by way of a series of small anecdotes.Not the Mood dispels the idea that anything has ever been mundane. She writes about life’s endlessness, and the subjects within: race, divorce, family, pop culture, identity, and love. These essays thrive on nuance, and are effectively a nexus of person and world.

The question we’re left with is how Too Much and Not the Mood’s position between personal essay and diary successfully manages to satisfy her desire for a personal text while continuing to be entertaining and revelatory for readers. Chew-Bose is as savvy about the relationship between herself and the reader as she is her stylistic similarities to journaling. There are lines that reveal her awareness of herself as a public storyteller: “This piece […] is largely composed of interceptions. Starting somewhere, ending somewhere else. Testing the obnoxious reach of my tangents. Likely failing.” And so, Too Much and Not the Mood balances precariously between an object written for the author’s own pleasure and practice—the way one would write a diary—and writing to communicate with a readership, the way one would write a personal essay. The result is a self-aware hybrid that insists on a space of its own between the two genres. —LEC

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Chew-Bose (right) interviewed by musician Lorde in 2018
Alma materSarah Lawrence College
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Too Much and Not the Mood

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Durga Chew-Bose is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her first book, Too Much and Not the Mood, was published on April 11, 2017 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux and was met with positive reviews.[1]

Early life[edit]

Chew-Bose was born in Montreal;[2] her parents are from Kolkata.[3] Her parents named her after the character Durga from the Satyajit Ray-directed film Pather Panchali.[4] Chew-Bose moved to the United States at 17 to attend boarding school in New Mexico for two years.[3] She went on to attend Sarah Lawrence College and spent a year at the University of Oxford.[5][6]



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Chew-Bose has written for publications including The Guardian, Buzzfeed, The Hairpin, Rolling Stone, GQ, The New Inquiry, n+1, Interview, Paper, Hazlitt, and This Recording.[7] In Nylon, Kristen Iverson described Chew-Bose as 'one of our most gifted, insightful essayists and critics';[8] in The Guardian, Sarah Galo said, 'If millennials have an intelligentsia, Brooklyn-based writer Durga Chew-Bose is a member of it[, writing] thoughtful long reads on identity and culture that command readers’ attention.'[9]

Chew-Bose has also taught writing at Sarah Lawrence College.[10] She has listed Agnès Varda and Wong Kar-wai among her important influences.[1]

Too Much and Not the Mood[edit]

Taking its title from one of Virginia Woolf's diary entries[3] from 1931,[11] Chew-Bose's Too Much and Not the Mood is an essay collection[12] describing 'the complications of growing up and establishing oneself..what it means to be a brown girl in a white world and 'the beautiful dilemma of being first-generation' Canadian.'[13]

Critics have emphasized the stylistic innovation of Chew-Bose's writing in the collection. Naming Too Much and Not the Mood to a Bustle list of '15 Most Anticipated Feminist Book Releases Of 2017,' Sadie L. Trombetta described the book as a 'collection of essays, letters, prose, and poetry.'[14] Listing Too Much and Not the Mood among the 25 'Most Exciting Book Releases for 2017', Maris Kreizman said in New York Magazine's Vulture, 'If you admire Maggie Nelson’s ability to combine the personal and the academic into a thrilling new art form, Durga Chew-Bose will be your next favorite writer.'[15]Publishers Weekly said of the collection, 'Twists in language and heady cultural references elevate Chew-Bose’s debut above the recent crop of personal essay collections by young writers.'[13]

Writers of Color[edit]

In 2015, Chew-Bose cofounded the website Writers of Color With Buster Bylander[16]Jazmine Hughes and Vijith Assar.[17][18][19] The site is a searchable database of contemporary writers of color aimed at 'creating more visibility for writers of color, ease their access to publications, and build a platform that is both easy for editors to use and accurately represents the writers.'[20]


  • Too Much and Not the Mood. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2017. ISBN9780374535957. OCLC946693764.


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  8. ^Iversen, Kristin (December 24, 2016). '50 Books We Can't Wait To Read In 2017'. Nylon. Archived from the original on 25 March 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  9. ^Galo, Sarah (5 March 2015). 'Durga Chew-Bose: 'Women have been edited since we were little girls''. The Guardian. Archived from the original on 25 March 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
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  11. ^Newell-Hanson, Alice (January 20, 2017). '10 brilliant emerging female authors to read in 2017'. i-D. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  12. ^Bolick, Kate (2017-04-07). 'Essays'. The New York Times. ISSN0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2017-04-10. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  13. ^ ab'Nonfiction Book Review: Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays by Durga Chew-Bose'. Publishers Weekly. March 27, 2017. Archived from the original on 25 March 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  14. ^Trombetta, Sadie L. (January 10, 2017). '15 Most Anticipated Feminist Book Releases Of 2017'. Bustle. Archived from the original on 13 April 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  15. ^Kreizman, Maris; Kachka, Boris (January 10, 2017). '25 of the Most Exciting Book Releases for 2017'. Vulture. New York Magazine. Archived from the original on 25 March 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  16. ^'The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture - Brooklyn Magazine'. Brooklyn Magazine. 2016. Archived from the original on 2017-10-14. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  17. ^Varagur, Krithika (24 November 2015). 'How To Solve Media's Diversity Problem'. The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 11 September 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  18. ^Friedlander, Emilie (June 3, 2015). 'The World Doesn't Need More Female Music Critics'. The FADER. Archived from the original on 29 March 2017. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  19. ^Monroe, Jen (February 26, 2016). 'Writers of'. VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts. Archived from the original on August 16, 2016.
  20. ^'Writers of Color • About'. Archived from the original on 2016-07-02. Retrieved 2017-03-30.

External links[edit]

  • Durga Chew-Bose on Twitter
  • Interview with Durga Chew-Bose on BuzzFeed podcast Another Round (March 24, 2015)

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