his story in 20 under 40 was one of my favorites.
ALL writers are self-absorbed thats why they write. No? I'm a little confused as to how Kunkel got into the same category as Chabon and Franzen in terms of accomplishment. I don't see him there yet especially with Indecision being such a disappointing debut. Also, I found some sex in the Yiddish Policeman's Union and I personally feel Franzen dislikes people in general -- not just women and sexuality so I don't see him fitting in either. That said, I believe Roiphe's argument holds up and extends across film and music. With Directors, like Jonze focusing on the retelling of children's tales or Anderson's precious diorama worlds that make my teeth hurt. Though I disagree with a few of her author choices, I can't help but agree this IS a real thing that is happening in art right now. Lately, male artists seem more comfortable with a Sufjan style of art than a Bukowski, Roth, Mailer type of balls out sexed up one. I am not sure how Roiphe concludes the blame lies with feminism and I disagree with her there but like Mike was saying and then sort of reneged -- she has a point!
Lethem... This book sort of hijacked me the way strong weed does.. it made me itchy at times, hyperaware of my liminal qualities, paranoid and, also like smoking pot, consistent feeling of having to pee. Not exactly sure how I would answer if someone asked me if I liked it or not tho still very much a fan.
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