Tuesday, September 21, 2010
It sounds like Brooks gets it exactly right. I haven't read Frazen's latest novel, Freedom, and I'm not going to, but Brooks's description of the moral universe Frazen creates in it is just like my impression of it in The Corrections, Frazen's first novel (that I read anyway, and last too). I think the best thing is just to ignore these books by literati whose mission is to dump on the moral life of the middle class. I mean honestly, f*$% them. I mean, my life is probably a lot less morally trivial than that of some guy gadding about literary parties and bedding groupies every chance he gets (a baseless and unkind speculation on my part, but in my experience, it is difficult to underestimate the morals of the literary class. I've heard the Iowa workshop is pretty much a floating orgy). I honestly would prefer to be trapped in a room with a bunch of Hollywood hopefuls than these chronicallers of the lives of quiet desperation. The deserve to be beaten to death by a little league team armed with aluminum bats. That would teach them. Or run over by minivans. Or maybe BBQ'ed to death.