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Flatscreen by Adam  Wilson
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Jun 07, 12

really liked it

Flatscreen has its moments, the protagonist Eli is self-deprecating and helpless in a way that is mostly endearing, and there were some humorous moments and scenarios. He's come to a complete standstill after finishing high school, and seems ill-prepared and unmotivated to accomplish anything beyond watching marathon stretches of TV and cooking elaborate meals for himself in his mother's house. You kinda feel for the guy, but you also kind of want to give him a good shake and tell him to stop wearing his housecoat out in public.

Wilson's writing style falls into the "postmodern" and "meta" category, so when I flipped to his author bio page and saw his Columbia MFA credentials, I wasn't surprised. At times it becomes a bit grating - upwards of 15 "possible endings" are sprinkled through the second half of the book, and that gag got old well before the 10th scenario for me.

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