Quantcast
 

On Inside David Foster Wallace's Private Self-Help Library

I just read it here. I think it got so much response b/c Miller was such an influential thinker and this article got it so wrong.

Posted on April 10, 2011 at 10:20 am 0

On Inside David Foster Wallace's Private Self-Help Library

Nice piece - I just had to take issue with your inclusion of Alice Miller in "best-sellingest, Oprah-level cheesiness and la-la reputation." Miller is a well-regarded serious author whose writing is both academically sound and accessible. Hardly cheesy. And your summary of the Drama Gifted Child is inaccurate. The "Gifted" in the title does not refer to the term as understood in the US (Alice Miller is Polish). As she explains in the book the "gift" is the overly sensitive child who can perceive and intuit his/her parent's emotional needs, limitations, etc. It is not "gifted" as in "high achieving." You might want to read the book before you make assumptions about how it relates to the David Foster Wallace.

Posted on April 10, 2011 at 12:03 am 0