Saturday, January 19, 2008

An Essay on the Mediocre Novelists of Brooklyn

An essay by Melvin Jules Bukiet in the Autumn 2007 issue of The American Scholar anatomizes the works of some of the mediocre novelists of Brooklyn. It's a very enjoyable read, to which I would only add the following: 

-- There is one great and underappreciated (because his books are difficult unless one is attentive) American novelist who writes stories that take place in Brooklyn: Joseph McElroy.

-- If Finnegans Wake had been set in Brooklyn in 2008 the opening would be "strollerrage" rather than "riverrun".

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