Everything is about sex, except sex, which is about power.
In February of this year, when I first read The Trouble with Men by David Shields and Getting Off by Erica Garza, this sentence kept running through my mind. I felt sure it was Foucault. Part of my grad school experience, maybe, or an epigraph from somewhere or other, but definitely Foucault. It’s such a Foucault thing to say, right? Did he ever write a single sentence that wasn’t tangled somehow with sex or power or both?
Nouvella has your literary valentine needs covered. The latest installment of Book^2 Camp was yesterday; Philip Turner, Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, and Dan Blank shared their thoughts on the event. “We need a name for them, that subset of literary protagonists who are appealing despite being appalling.” So begins Kathryn Schultz’s review of Amity Gage’s Schroder. Gary Indiana looks at the novels of Renata Adler in Bookforum. In today’s installment of “writers we like talking with writers we like,” Karolina Waclawiak chatted with Bookstalker. […]
Jami Attenberg shares the piece she wrote for The Greatest Three-Minute Rock ‘n’ Roll Story Ever event that we produced with our pals at Gigantic Magazine in Feb. At HTMLGIANT, Blake Butler and Matthew Simmons discuss Reality Hunger. The Rumpus book club sounds like a great idea. Who was Charles Dickens? Great title: “Wonk by Day, Poet by Night“. Hating on the classics. Marc Ribot discusses scoring The Kid.
In a total “awww snap” moment, Greil Marcus tells Pop Matters what he thinks of David Shields “controversial manifesto”: I thought it was total bullshit. First of all, there’s a long history of people writing books about the death of the novel or the death of fiction and getting attention for doing that. There are a lot of people who would rather be at the funeral than at the birth, and this is one of those cases.