I'm a fan of the moon and Jonathan Franzen.
By dinosaur_senior on Fall Preview
All is not lost. I've seen an all too rare alt-text today.
By BoHan on Fall Preview
I'd say you have the Mondays, but then what would I say to you tomorrow?
I imagine the catcall stretches back to ancient construction times, when the Israelites were building the pyramids, with scores of single Jewish women hiking up their loincloths, hoping for a little attention.
This is some next-level trolling. Bravo.
There wasn't a place to post a comment on the Matter's page for Luke's article (unsurprisingly; I can only imagine the comments that would've been posted there, had there been), so I'm glad I can come here and post something. Recently, a close relative of mine was arrested for possessing child pornography. As one might imagine, this was a shock and threw my entire family into a tailspin. While the relative has never acted on any impulse, the materials in his possession disturbed everyone in my family, and we were at a loss for how to understand or process what had happened. Then I heard a version of Luke's story on NPR--and now I've read the entire piece. And while I can't say that anything makes the situation my family has found itself in any easier, Luke's article has really opened a door for me into communicating with the offender in my family and being able to come at the situation from a place of wanting to help this person get professional help, rather than simply judging him and refusing to understand the underlying reasons for what he did. That's all to say: Thank you for this article.
By ejcsanfran on Word Disrupted
I thought "disruptive" was just a synonym for "monetizing being an asshole." And yes, I realize that my using the term "monetizing" pretty much makes me an asshole.
Silenced But Deadly.
@MatthewGallaway you're quite right: my appreciation of Knausgaard is as subjective as your denunciation is (and that's healthy, I think!)
With respect to homophobia, I consider it unproductive in the extreme to reduce the question to Knausgaard is Homophobic vs. Knausgaard is Not Homophobic. It's not that simple. Literally anyone born in the West in the 1960s grew up in an extremely homophobic environment relative to the (still obviously imperfect) one we are in today.
I think it is useful and interesting to consider the bald facts of Knausgaard's narrative and compare them to today's attitudes, as much with respect to machismo and 'masculinity' as to homophobia. As others here have noted, the central theme of this first volume is the concept of 'manhood' as it was understood in the days of the author's youth.
You can't have it both ways: either embrace the enlightened world or reject it.
Oh, but he can. And does. It's up to the reader to interpret the warts-and-all story of M. Knausgaard's adolescence, and I submit that most readers will see his adolescent 80s provincialism for exactly what it was. He was born in 1968 and raised in a small town... what would we expect his life to have been? Does every novel require a didactic narrator? If so, are we to be forbidden to read anything published before the 20th century?