… that we haven’t had time to write about:
- At the Observer, someone wonders, “Why Do Young Male Writers Love Icky Tough Guy Deadbeats?” (His examples: Chuck Palahniuk, Benjamin Kunkel, Charles Bock.) I’ll venture some answers. Because young male writers idolize old male writers, generally, and those old male writers have always been fascinated by icky tough guy deadbeats. Because there is a vast sense among a certain type of Sad Young Literary Dude that this is social criticism, this solipsistic devotion to young male loserdom. Because our society congratulates men whenever they write exclusively about themselves, and it gets called literature; when women write exclusively about themselves, it’s a frickin’ subgenre (chick lit, Southern Ontario women’s soft-core porn, etc.). Yeah, I’m kind of angry about the dudely state of contemporary lit in New York, can ya tell?
- SLB at Racialicious highlights Sundance hit “Push,” based on Sapphire’s novel about a black teenager who leads a bleak existence as a victim of incest and teenage mom of two, and talks about her concerns about the bleakness of it all.
- The NYTimes covers women’s roller derby, a subculture a guy I once dated wanted me to know was “very feminist” because the “girls are awesome.” He reminded me of this at least thirty times in the 2 months we dated. It does seem like they might be, but I have never been to see it. I did enjoy this line from the article: “It may surprise some that the idea for women-only derby was a man’s.”
- Anybody want to come with me to the “True Women ’09” conference? I do so long for my femininity to bear fruit.