Sunday, July 08, 2007

But there's good news

In Masha Tupitsyn’s Beauty Talk & Monsters, she reads/writes my mind:

"I don't want to be another female narrator of masculinity."


"I don't want to remember everything unless it's for an argument or an idea or a way out."


J.J. said...

that book is the best news i've seen in contemporary fiction in a long time.

some passages marked in my quickly dogeared copy:

"dirty dancing takes all of badlands' violence and schizophrenia and ambivalence out of 'love is strange' and pretends there's a cure to america."

and then, write after that "way out" line you marked: "But the movies keep coming in. Keep stringing me along. And no dam is big enough. You have to do something with everything you've seen."

and more ...

J.J. said...

for instance:

"everyday women and situations are texts too. So why do so many critics and theorists cop out and stop at movies & books and politics politics? Privileging some realms of the political over others. Like when brilliant male theorists who criticize everything go out with 20 year-old blond girls who have nothing to say or are expected to say nothing. Is that just a way to make sure there's more space for men to say more? Or is it because they know the world is fucked and don't believe in anything anyway, they might as well take advantage of the cultural cynicism they hate by sleeping with powerful cliches? Does a powerful cliche make you more powerful? 'Beauty' pulls the wool over everyone's eyes."

And then I remember that this is a "story", and, o my ...

mattilda a.k.a. matt bernstein sycamore said...

Yay -- more quotes from Masha! I love these ones too, can't wait to get back to the book, but first I have to eat...

Love --