April 27th, 2004

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Gah.

So a friend commented that he was wondering if most novels are like thalidomide babies- malformed in some deep way, that is- but the best novelists are able to arrange their hideous offspring in such a way as to not draw attention to their flaws.

And the cynical little beast in my brain spewed out:
Most novels are flipper babies. Most novelists are too arrogant about their 'parenthood' to acknowledge that they were swilling thalidomide while they were expecting.
"Isn't my baby perfect and wonderful?" becomes a very frightening question when delivered just a decibel or two overly loud, while a horrifyingly misshapen thing is waved in your face, doesn't it?
Is the mother going to bawl if you blurt out in your panic 'no, no, it's hideous!'? Are you going to be hit if you say you don't care for the baby, subjected to public humiliation for your cruelty to the woman with the hideous baby, or perhaps even stoning? Or worse, are you going to be forced to hold it while it wriggles in its spineless way, a wet smacking of lips and gums crossing through it while it stares at your face and wishes that its complement of needle-like teeth had grown in?

I think it's experiences like this that get in the way of honest criticism of novels.


I'm proud of the cynical little beast in my brain's cleverness in how he phrased this, but you know? It's actually kind of scary. Insightful, but scary. How much criticism is just 'your baby is a baby like every other goddamn baby, get it out of my face'? How much is just the equivalent of a polite social noise, like 'cute baby'?
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Weird. Eerie.

So a friend of mine is selling off books from her bookshelves via amazon marketplace, and one of them was something I hadn't been able to convince myself to pay full price for, so I bought it from her. It's titled 'An Exaltation of Larks'- it's just a big compendium of plural nouns.
The author's name is James Lipton. He is 'An author, playright, lyricist, director, choreographer, and producer'.
I think we may know him better as the fellow who appears on every episode of 'Inside the Actor's Studio'.

UPDATE:
as wurmfood has discovered, it's the same James Lipton.
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