Author Archives: Dan Fang

“You can bet your bottom yuan”: Money in the Language Bank

Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story depicts a world that has, to put it crudely, gone to hell in a handbasket. People never read anymore, because the smell of books disgust them; instead they “scan” or “stream” their narratives. They hardly talk (or “verbal”) to each other anymore, but instead communicate on aparats, something that […] Continue reading

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“You Gradgrind”: The Role of Literature in Saturday

One of the most curious things about Ian McEwan’s Saturday is his take on literature. We know Henry Perowne adores Daisy, his poet of a daughter; but McEwan beats us over the head with the point that Henry himself has no clue about literature. He’s slow at reading the books assigned to him by Daisy (currently […] Continue reading

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Generous Scheherazade

Throughout the novel, Russell Stone, our putative protagonist, has one refrain: “All writing is rewriting.” At first, this seemed like something we tell our 102W students, something along the lines of “revision is the most important part of writing.” As we get deeper and deeper into the plot of the story, however, Stone’s refrain takes […] Continue reading

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Bioethics and Nationality: A Romance

In a hilarious skit by British transvestite stand-up comedian/actor Eddie Izzard, Eddie Izzard mocks the difference between British movies and American movies. The British movie, generally entitled something like “Room with a View of a Staircase and a Pond,” is quite subdued–not much action, lots of unuttered affect. “Whenever the movie makes any little bit […] Continue reading

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