Literary Heat: Larry Wroblewski

I’ve just finished reading, “Netherland,” by Joseph O’Neill and a review should be forthcoming. I’m still digesting it, so to speak. I thought it was very well written, but there were parts that I didn’t enjoy and I can’t quite articulate why. This is funny because “Netherland” has been described as “Gatsby-esque” and I’ve always felt the same way about “The Great Gatsby.”

Next up in the queue is “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle,” the debut novel by David Wroblewski. This has been the year of debut novels, hasn’t it? Junot Díaz (kind of a debut), Joshua Ferris, Charles Bock, and now David Wroblewski. Another interesting coincidence: Díaz, Bock, and Wroblewski all supposedly took 11 years to complete their first novel. So, if I start tomorrow, keep a eye out for my stunning debut in 2019 or so.

“The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” is about a family of dog breeders and a mute teenage boy who communicates with people (and dogs) through an intuitive form of sign and body language. And it’s heavily influenced by Hamlet! Thus far, the critical reception for the novel has been positive. Amazon.com is aggressively supporting the book and it received a glowing recommendation from Stephen King.

Here is a brief interview with David Wroblewski in the Vulture blog on New York Magazine’s website. Vulture is fast becoming one of my favorite “culture” blogs and a daily read.

The book should arrive in the next day or so. I’m considering resurrecting the Your Designated Reader series for this one.

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The Microfame Game by Rex Sorgatz

Rex Sorgatz, the author of the annoyingly prolific blog, “Fimoculous,” has a compelling article in New York Magazine called, “The Microfame Game.” It’s about the microcelebrity phenomenon and the emerging science of cultivating microfame. It’s quite good. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“Where traditional fame was steeped in class envy on the part of the audience and alienation on the part of the celebrity, microfame closes the gap between devotee and celebrity. It feels like a step toward equality.”

OK. Create –> Overshare –> Respond. Rinse. Repeat. Got it. Thanks.

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