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Erasure: now a major motion picture 'American Fiction'

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With the first Everett-inspired screen adaptation American Fiction coming to theaters starting on Dec. I was pulled in a for a few minutes, thinking I was reading something meaningful and not getting it. The author does allow as how Adam Gopnick may not be entirely to blame as someone else at the NYer might have headlined the piece (apparently offensively titled, "Harper Lee's failed novel"). In Erasure, his 13th novel, he takes on the commercialisation of literary culture and the trap for the publishing business of being bound by its precedents: it will publish certain kinds of books until the market for them dries up. And according to The Boston Globe, “He’s literature’s NASCAR champion, going flat out, narrowly avoiding one seemingly inevitable crash only to steer straight for the next.

I am almost positive that Everett was poking fun at the success of the novel PUSH by Sapphire (I will put money on it. E mentre fa tutto questo, Percival Everett spara bordate contro l’archetipo culturale della negritudine, la retorica del ghetto, l’immagine stereotipata che il mondo letterario, televisivo e cinematografico ha della cultura afroamericana. Although he has dark brown skin and a broad nose, and has been detained by white police officers in three states, some people don't think he's black enough. Maybe that quality of the satiric wit is just plain that rare or maybe television has eaten up all the talent. Naturally, Random House give him a huge advance, there's a movie deal, and he's nominated for a prestigious literary award, with assorted well-meaning white idiots cooing about the authenticity of the teenage street Black experience as made up by an upper middle class academic with a beach house.They both take up the niche topic of academic novels—stories about professors, students, and university life. I listen to Mahler, Aretha Franklin, Charlie Parker and Ry Cooder on vinyl records and compact discs. Can an intellectual ever really love and live with someone who has remedial taste in books without holding them in contempt of art? Erasure may be his most popular title, but I’ve heard great things about other ones like Telephone and God’s Country, as of late; this is a budding infatuation to be continued, I’d say. There’s Monk’s mother, whose identity is rapidly being lost to Alzheimer’s; there’s Bill, his older brother, who has come out after being divorced by his wife; there’s Lisa, his older sister, a doctor at a woman’s clinic who’s been murdered by an anti-choice fanatic.

The satire/drama blend is a little uneven, but this is an entertaining novel if you are prepared to follow its snakes and snarks.With his family in dire circumstances, he decides to make money by writing a satirical novel featuring the drug and violence celebrated by the mainstream. I’ve also reviewed other Everett novels , including Percival Everett by Virgil Russell, Assumption, and So Much Blue. All of this Everett tells feelingly, and gives us the picture of a man forced to come in contact with his emotions and conscience for the first time in his life.

Right away, the film wades into the culture wars as Monk is “cancelled” for bringing confrontational material into the classroom. The protagonist of Erasure deliberately gives in to the stereotype, and his inner self is wiped out completely.Il nostro scrittore lascia la costa ovest dove vive per raggiungere Washington e prendersi cura della mamma, e anche della badante della mamma alla quale assicura un futuro agiato: perché con il libraccio da “nigger” che ha scritto per protestare contro tutti gli stereotipi della letteratura dei neri d’America, stereotipi di chi scrive e di chi legge, come se essere nero volesse dire solo ed esclusivamente povertà ignoranza promiscuità slang droga violenza galera, come se invece non avessero avuto il primo presidente degli Stati Uniti d’America di colore nero (mentre quello di sesso femminile lo stanno ancora cercando) che era bello intelligente e con voce sexy proprio come JFK.

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