Practicalities - Marguerite Duras, Barbara Bray Practicalities is a book of conversational essays focusing on various subjects: men and women, houses versus homes, gender roles, sexuality, alcoholism, lovers, desire, and writing. Within the pages there are some great insights into Duras' previous works, as well as into her creative process. Many of the pieces are excellent, both poignant and analytical, ringing with a truth and intensity that is common to Duras' writing. Others, however, seem random and strangely pointless, perhaps inspired by an experience or person or thought Duras hasn't thought to share with the reader. Definitely worth the read, but probably only for someone who's already a fan.