A series of essays conncerned with the ethics of writing (about people and art), as well as a reflection on the identity politics of the early 2000s.
To write about someone else means both to expose and transform them. This is the dilemma of writing that Janet Malcolm describes as "morally indefensible." In Doing Time: Essays on Using People, Kristian Vistrup Madsen deliberates on his correspondence with an inmate in a California prison named Michael. Over several years, this spawns a series of reflections about the politics of solidarity and appropriation, but also about writing itself and what happens when life is turned into art. This book is a portrait of a friendship interpolated by great difference, and of a fearful time in which experience and identity are everything, and thinking not enough.