Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Dear, dear Lionel …

… Lionel Shriver Is Looking for Trouble | The New Yorker. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Much of Shriver’s value system revolves around tough-mindedness. Stop borrowing money you can’t pay back—and stop lending it, too, while you’re at it. Don’t dwell on your traumas, recover from them. Rejoice in your power, not in your oppression, and never, ever start a sentence with “As a . . .” Shriver has changed her name, her country, her accent, her religious affiliation, and the definition of “female” that she was raised to embody, in order to become a self-created, self-interested oddity, distinct from the mores of literary society. 
Well, yes. There’s no one like her, and she is delightful.

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