Thursday, January 7, 2010

The GMNs vs. the GSPs

Katie Roiphe, in a
wide-ranging essay from the most recent issue of the New York Times Book Review, pits a clique of American authors once labeled by David Foster Wallace as the Great Male Narcissists (Philip Roth, Norman Mailer, John Updike, and Saul Bellow) against a clique of more contemporary authors that a friend of mine has cleverly titled the Great Sexless Paranoiacs (Wallace, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jonathan Franzen, and Benjamin Kunkel).

Steve Almond rebuts less than satisfactorily here.

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