Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life
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This book contained a lot of interesting info and stories on writing, the writing life, and Jong's life. It came along at the perfect time s ...more
Jong, who has never managed to repeat the success of Fear of Flying, which she penned at the age of 31, offers a memoir whose original intention__to give advice to aspiring writers__is lost in a haze of largely unconnected and, according to many critics, gratuitous anecdotes. Though Jong has written 19 other books, the spirit of Isadora Wing, Fear of Flying's heroine, haunts her at every turn. As a result, Seducing the Demon feels derivative. Some critics applaud Jong for remaining steadfastly h...more
There is power in the written word, and using that powe ...more
I have never read Fear of Flying, though I, of course, know of it and I will add it to my list. This book increased my interest in it.
In any case, Seducing the Demon is made up of four parts and she manages to weave in her love of reading and ...more
I read this book thinking it would be a good personal account of the author's life. I got nothing. She had an affair with Martha Stewart's husband - big deal. That was the only major thing she told us about. Perhaps this book was not meant to be a tell all memoir like most I read. Considering how outspoken Erica Jong usually is, I am disappointed she h ...more
Perhaps I should have let more time pass after reading "Parachutes and Kisses" as this book made it clear that Jong's writing is more than just influenced by her own life and its events. It was like reading the same book, worded only slightly differently.
My problem with this book wa sthat it was all over the place. I would call only parts of it memoir, the ...more
Interesting stories included in the book: Her relationship with Ted Hughes, and her role in Martha Stewart's divorce. Very salacious!
This book is definitely my favorite <3
I bought it from Brent Books on a Friday after an exhausting week of teaching writing at DePaul.