Two Things

Ugh, I’m in the middle of some madness, but here are two things to consider.

1. Rachel’s post on SJR 127, which is back up for a vote today and which, of course, is going to pass. This is one of the reasons I don’t give a shit about term limits. David Fowler isn’t in office any more and yet, he still gets as much say about what goes on in my vagina as I do. That’s not right. And I’m sad that evil, huckster fraud has not yet been brought down by some kind of hilarious scandal. But instead, he’ll get to continue to strip away the rights of Tennessee women in order to make himself feel like a man until… I don’t know… until the Legislature decides he’s an evil bully they don’t have to listen to. Which I don’t see happening any time soon.

2. I’m not the biggest Wallace fan, as you know if you read me, and I find suicide upsetting to a degree that it make me a mess to even try to talk about it. I say that all as a caveat to say that I cannot understand just what the fuck Franzen is up to. Is he just grieving badly or is it some kind of jealousy thing where he’s trying to position himself as the “real” quintessential writer of the late 20th century instead of Wallace or is he just a giant douche or what?

5 thoughts on “Two Things

  1. Franzen has been douche max over Wallace for ages now. I think he might have had a crush on Wallace’s wife or something.

    His Eulogy for Wallace was half a slap in the face to Wallace and half self-aggrandizement for being DFW’s closestest bestest Great Authors League Of America Wondertwin. I am amused at their interplay because I loathe their work and attitudes.

    I really think that without Wallace, though, Franzen actually thinks there is no one to fully appreciate the wonderfulness of him.

    He’s probably right. I’m not gonna blow him or his ego. Are you?!?

  2. KF, I almost emailed you about this today, but I ran out of time. Who describes their friend’s readers in such disparaging terms? I’m not even remotely famous and if someone talked about the readers of this blog that way I’d be pissed.

    Coble, I think you’re right that Franzen may be afraid that he has lost the only person in America with the genius to understand how awesome he is.

    Which is kind of funny, in a sad way.

  3. Who describes their friend’s readers in such disparaging terms?

    The person who thinks that he is as great as (or, really, greater than) the other fellow and is continually miffed that he doesn’t have a slavish cult tattooing passages of his work on their bodies and making love to the Audiobook and having devotional readings of his stuff.

    Franzen is forever in search of whatever alchemy makes people so devoted to Wallace when they should by rights be that devoted to him.

  4. The person who thinks that he is as great as (or, really, greater than) the other fellow and is continually miffed that he doesn’t have a slavish cult tattooing passages of his work on their bodies and making love to the Audiobook and having devotional readings of his stuff.

    This. Absolutely.

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