for example, I would have been much more pleased if you had told me that a particular painting was fantastic and that your wife’s eyes had established a new artistic paradigm. To Karl Ove Knausgård, Re: Your Tortured Feelings for the Gays - The Awl
It’s unusual — in fact (why be coy?), it’s extremely rare — to come across a first novel by a woman writer that concerns itself with such quirky, philosophical, didactic explorations; a novel in which the heart and the brain vie for the role of protagonist, and the brain wins.
Ooh, A+ sexism buried in this old Times review! The sentence before this is, “No, this is not chick lit.” Every review of a man’s book should have to include the caveat “No, this is not a car repair manual.” Unless, of course, it is.