Tuesday, January 31, 2006

flanagan free associates and i'm struck dumb

hey, femme feral, I need your help.

it seems new yorker writer caitlin flanagan has reviewed a book called the rainbow party.

i honestly don't know what to make of flanagan's review, which careens wildly through young adult fiction, teaching girls aggression, her own interpretations of rap lyrics, pornography without definitions, personal gossip and media hysteria. and emdashes, who pointed me towards the review, available on Powell's also seems a little floored. i think emdashes says that the review was originally written for the atlantic monthly.

of course anyone with a critical interest in what i will provisionally agree to call, "the teenage oral-sex craze" can respond, but this issue seems to cover a lot of femme feral's territory.

i would also like to say that femme feral's new blog title banner thing is a visual pleasure in the best sense of the words.

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Blogger femme feral said...

I haven't read rainbow party or the review, but it's on my list. I personally think that the whole rainbow party thing is sort of urban legend made popular by the likes of oprah doing a show on teens and oral sex. I mean, the whole premise of the book is so absurd -- as if any boy's penis is going to be "lined" with multiple lipstick smears after fellatio. A powerful image yes, but in reality rather unlikely.

The thing that really bugs me -- and like I said I haven't read the review yet -- is that usually the way "grown-ups" talk about this stuff is so clueless and condescending. The whole Bill O'Reily "kids today" thing. Grrr. Anyway, I'll check out the review and report back, comrade.

1:52 AM  
Blogger answer-man said...

ps I'm having a little trouble sending comments so if I do it twice please excuse me and I apologize.

12:32 AM  

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