[Marxism] Outborough Destiny: Jonathan Lethem’s “Dissident Gardens” |
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Sat Sep 14 07:08:42 MDT 2013
Last night I was listening to Lethem being interviewed about his new
novel about CP'ers and he really got on my nerves.
This is fawning review of the book:
This is an excerpt from an interview:
BG: Have you ever done this much research for a book?
JL: Never, and I hope never to do so much again — it isn’t natural to
me. I’m ambivalent mentioning it, too, because I don’t really like
research in fiction. The results are often leaden. And yet here it was
necessary that I build a giant armature of factual situations in my
head, a historical diorama to move through, even if I then contradicted
it or blew it up at whim. I researched rhetoric and propaganda, as well
as dull sociological stuff. I read mediocre novels written from the
left, from the ‘30’s to the ‘60’s, to gain a better feel for the
emotional texture of those stances through those decades. This wasn’t
I will probably get around to read this piece of crap novel. I think
this is key to what will really irk me: " I build a giant armature of
factual situations in my head, a historical diorama to move through,
even if I then contradicted it or blew it up at whim." In other words,
the living CP'ers were just grist for his mill.
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