7.15.2004

Maximus Libris! -- Salon has a piece today on the 'maximalist' trend in contemporary fiction (that's 'maximalist' as opposed to 'minimalist'), which irritates critics no end despite the fact that most of the alleged practitioners are critically praised -- including some of my favorites, like Jeffrey Eugenides, Zadie Smith, Dave Eggers, of course DFW, the brilliant Jonathan Lethem, and the loathsome yet talented Jonathan Franzen. Hmm, maybe it should be called 'Jonathanism'...

1 comment:

Nathaniel said...

When DFW taught one of the few lit classes I was required to take at Emerson, one of the books he assigned was (no surprise) Great Jones Street, by Don Delillo. I think he figured a book about a rock star would catch our interest. Books like that work so hard to be 'about' something!