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Lying by Lauren Slater
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Oct 13, 07


As an essayist, Slater occasionally strikes gold, but this longer work is ruined by her inelegant posturing. It's an UNintentional exercise in narcissism masquerading as an intentional exercise in narcissism.

The only thing that recommends this memoir is the extended analogy Slater draws between the erotic pleasure/pain of double-penetration and the cognitive dissonance of a corpus colostomy (where they split the brain down the middle). I had to reread this section multiple times before I was certain the parallel was deliberate. There's something morbidly compelling about such quasi-profound musings, handled so artlessly and without a trace of irony.

Key demographic: the high school drama club coterie.
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