My problem with it is that I happen to know Flynn lifted it almost in toto from Joyce Carol Oates's recent novel Carthage. Even the town/city is the same. We have changed identities, missing girl, man blamed only Oates put him in prison and writes a far better novel. Guess Flynn hasn't studied her "influence" enough - as she refers to Oates.
Add some more from Oates's The Grave Digger's Daughter and Mudwoman for 2 more and GG is rounded out. Reading it through tiqqun's Young Girl reveals deeper strata in both.Flynn wrote 10 years for Entertainment Weekly so what else is new. She liked it there too getting to see a lot of junk movies and get paid for writing about them.
Time to read more David Foster Wallace. I've been saving some because when I'm finished with what I have there aren't going to be any more. Aspartame killed him you know. Don't take anything with that stuff in it if you are depressed.Depressed is a clinical term I hate. I prefer melancholy.
Should have made Oates novel into the film but no one seems to read good writers anymore since only YA sells big. Oh well.
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