Monday, December 08, 2014

Six of the best books about wounded masculinity

Laura Kipnis's new book is Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation. One of her six favorite books about wounded masculinity, as shared at The Week magazine:
U & I by Nicholson Baker

The "U" in the title is John Updike, whose talent obsesses Baker: How does his own stack up in comparison? A grandiloquent goofball, Baker can't stop fretting about his literary reputation, his psoriasis (an affliction he's proud to share with Updike), and why Updike invited writer Tim O'Brien to go golfing instead of him. His ambitions, insecurities, and pettiness are cringe-making, but also, in a weird way, magnificent.
Read about another book on the list.

U and I is one of Rebecca Mead's top 10 books about reading.

--Marshal Zeringue