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Discover the Self-Loathing Degenerate in You…

For those of you keeping abreast of such things, Wednesday’s book klatch is published and available for your voyeuristic pleasure. Today’s question: Do you have to be a lonely godforsaken degenerate to be a great writer? This one nearly splits … Read More

By / December 6, 2006

For those of you keeping abreast of such things, Wednesday’s book klatch is published and available for your voyeuristic pleasure.

Today’s question: Do you have to be a lonely godforsaken degenerate to be a great writer? This one nearly splits the klatch in half. Elisa Albert thanks all those “lonely nights driving around in my 1984 Volvo station wagon blasting Counting Crows and weeping” for making her the New Jew fiction goddess that she is. Aaron Hamburger dryly invokes Fran Leibowitz’s piece of pith that “Having been unpopular in high school is not just cause for book publications.” The other klatchers take their sides, in the process discussing combat boots, self-loathing geniuses, and getting dumped, as well as Hemingway, Tolstoy, and Ani DiFranco. It all ends tragically with Elisa getting high and cutting herself.

Share the pain here. Or start from Monday’s klatch here. Thursday’s goes up tomorrow morn.

Manhattan Madras,

Joey

 

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