Dipping My Toe Into the GMNs
17 December 2009
David Foster Wallace referred to the three male writers who “dominated postwar American fiction” — Roth, Updike, Mailer — as the GMNs: the Great Male Narcissists.
I have managed to not read any of them. Until now. Just finished Roth’s Everyman — a recommendation from a trusted (female) friend — which I enjoyed, and I’ve also just received American Pastoral as a gift. I’m looking forward to it. Actually, it all started with Roth’s short story, “The Conversion of the Jews,” brought in to class by a student. Slowly, slowly, I dip my toe into the abyss of great male narcissism.
Why? (shrug) I’ll have a better answer to that, perhaps, a few books down the road.
Updike is probably up next — stories first, then maybe a Rabbit novel.