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Women Must Attack Wednesday

Wednesday Reading Meme readers, I wanted so badly to tell you all about JUSTINE by LAWRENCE DURRELL, but it isn't going to happen this week. I have hardly had time to blather about JUSTINE in real life.

Well, no. I am going to post one thing from JUSTINE:

Women must attack writers -- and from the moment she learned I as a writer she felt disposed to make herself interesting by dissecting me. All this would have been most flattering to my amour propre had some of her observations been further from the mark, but she was acute and I was too feeble to resist this sort of game -- the mental ambuscades which constitute the opening gambits of a flirtation.

This is a pretty nice paragraph, actually. But no one ever thinks to warn you about the never-ending attacks from women, possibly the worst of the many hazards of being a writer. Worst of all is when the writer is also a woman: good luck getting anything done in that 24/7 war zone. :(

Next week, a real post! Probably!


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Jul. 6th, 2016 05:24 pm (UTC)
Jul. 7th, 2016 08:05 am (UTC)
I know! So exhausting. :(
Jul. 7th, 2016 12:34 am (UTC)
Does he ever explain why women must attack writers? Or is it simply that women always seem to attack him when he mentions he's a writer, so he's decided this is a universal law?
Jul. 7th, 2016 08:19 am (UTC)
Women don't have REASONS, o_a. Women just are. What if a force of nature had the human capacity for self-justification? SURPRISE, IT DOES and it's called "women." What if a flash flood could make epigrams about Freud?

To be totally fair, the quoted paragraph is not a direct statement of the narrator, but an excerpt from a fictional roman a clef that someone else has written about the titular JUSTINE, which the narrator does not think is completely successful. The narrator is capable of plenty of his own aphoristic statements about women, but this one is my favorite.
Jul. 7th, 2016 05:30 pm (UTC)
I am glad you read these books, because hearing about them fascinates me but I think that if I tried it I might try to reach through the pages to strangle the narrator.

In other news, the library has gotten Lud-in-the-Mist for me! Soon my journey will begin!
Jul. 8th, 2016 08:25 am (UTC)
No jury in the world would convict you!

I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts! Which I might get to late due to circumstances, but hopefully not too many days late.
Jul. 8th, 2016 12:53 pm (UTC)
I won't be reading it for a few days anyway, so you may be back by then! We shall see.
Jul. 7th, 2016 02:25 pm (UTC)
He must be pretty annoying. I don't think I could be bothered to attack a writer.
Jul. 7th, 2016 03:12 pm (UTC)
It's just lucky for writers that so many women are too lazy to obey this powerful natural drive. :)
Jul. 8th, 2016 03:29 pm (UTC)
:-D There's probably suppressants in the food we eat these days.
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