The Personal Is Political, the Political is Personal

December 1, 2015 | 1 book mentioned 1

Over at Electric Literature, John Freeman profiles Year in Reading alumnus Ben Lerner, newly minted MacArthur genius and author of two novels in which “the political opens a path for the personal, just as the personal urges him to engage the political.” Freeman writes, “This blending—of perception and politics—comes right out of how Lerner sees the world in real life.” Pair with Christopher Wood’s Millions review of Lerner’s 10:04.

is an intern for The Millions. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Ploughshares online, Music & Literature, Words Without Borders, and elsewhere. She is currently the assistant fiction editor for Washington Square Review. She tweets at @bdantaslobato.

One comment:

  1. Ladies and gentlemen, our most preposterous writer:

    “[I]t was a realization that the forces of empire no longer even had to pretend to speak a discourse of reason…that the debasement of the language had reached a new level.”

    Apparently this sort of incoherence that passes for “genius” these days.

    Franzia’s comparison of Lerner to “Girls” is pretty apt – narcissism masquerading as art – though it appears he means it as a compliment.

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