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The Uninteresting Masterpiece

Try to picture a work of contemporary literature that exhibits a faith in the global free market, that understands exurbs as the latest manifestation of the American dream, that exposes wasteful social programs and presents sympathetic Republicans struggling to stand by their principles. Admit it: it’s tantalizing. ~Benjamin Nugent [1]

I shouldn’t have said in the last post that Nugent asked the wrong question or the question that misses the point, but simply that he asked the far less interesting question.¬† He really¬†is primarily concerned with finding people who will write a specifically Republican novel, to which I would have to reply: “Who cares?”

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#1 Comment By MW Frost On March 12, 2007 @ 7:53 pm

This passage also proves your point, in that Nugent is crying out for an inherently (and infuriatingly) optimistic novel. A better recipe for insipidity is hard to imagine.

#2 Comment By Daniel Larison On March 12, 2007 @ 7:58 pm

Quite right. Now let’s imagine a Solzhenitsyn of the exurbs, and just think of the spiritual indictment such a man could produce. Now *that* would be an interesting read.

#3 Comment By MW Frost On March 13, 2007 @ 3:20 am

Or imagine Nugent marking up Conrad’s manuscript for, say, Lord Jim and returning it with comments.