La Plus Ca Change…

I liked this essay better when it was less smug and less poorly reasoned. I think back then it was called “Hysterical Realism.” (via Ed.)

is the author of City on Fire and A Field Guide to the North American Family. In 2017, he was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists.


  1. Martin:

    Sorry. This was a poor, and mean-spirited, joke, on my part. I was trying to suggest that this Bukiet essay is a half-baked reworking of points James Wood made better in his essay, "Hysterical Realism." It can be found in the book "The Irresponsible Self," and is highly recommended, even though I don't agree with it. Thanks for commenting.


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