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Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
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Dec 03, 2012

really liked it
Read in September, 2011

I'm totally addicted to American novels about the problems of the asshole middleclass/inteligentsia. To me Updike's 'Rabbit' (s) showcase the talents of a world-weary grown-up, Franzen's 'Freedom' and 'Corrections' a visciously critical culture genius, DeLilo's 'White Noise' a highpriest of the intersection of post modern philosophy and popculture. 'Wonder Boys' helps Chabon fit right into this crew. His characters are major players in the contemporary American literature scene. They jitter and dance, puke and fuck, contemplate and aberrate, and write and read over a deliciously madcap 72ish hours. Chabon geniusly frames the whole thing in the hypothesis of a lecture declaring that writers live out a doubleconcious Jekyll-Hyde type thing in order to consistently bring good material to the typrwriter (to the point of sabatoging one life with anything from booze to socicioopathy for the other life to write books. So every scene of 'real life' in this book is all chopped up and fantastic as though Tripp (main character) is writing and rewriting the very moments of his day in an attempt to reconcile his obsession with both cynical, recalictrant detatchment and deep need to be loved and taken seriously.

There's also interesting thoughts on:

1. Outsiderness

2. Marilyn Monroe era americana connoiseurship

3. Marijuana

4. Pittsburgh

5. College

6. Judaism

This thing was tasty. Mmmm I doubt two years will go by before i read it again.

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