Et Tu, Babe

Et Tu, Babe

eBook - 1993
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Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1993
Edition: 1st Vintage contemporaries ed
Characteristics: 168 p. ; 21 cm

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Jul 20, 2016

"Today I am the most intense, and in a certain sense, the most significant young prose writer in America."
I first heard about Mark Leyner in a David Foster Wallace essay about postmodernist literature. He mentioned his novel, "My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist," which I promptly read and hated. DFW was probably the pre-eminent writer of his generation, whether you want to call him postmodernist or not. Mark Leyner is no DFW. I'd call his books shallow, but that's kind of an insult to shallow. His writing is glib, smug, self-reflexive, absurd, and full of pop culture references. It's drowning in irony and self-awareness, so I guess that makes it OK to write badly. It reminds me a bit of Tao Lin, whom I also hate, and Bret Easton Ellis, but less psychotic.

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