I’m about to excerpt from Adam Sternbergh’s wonderful “The Brooklyn Wars,” and there is profanity. Also, I add emphasis.
Actually, the piece is unexcerptable. It is too entertaining.
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That was pretty entertaining. Way meatier than I expected it to be at the outset.
The writer did a great job with his material – very subtly but palpably playing on a lot of simmering social anxieties in US society as the “long Nineties” (already arguably long since gone) disappear further into the past.
My ominous prediction of the day is that The What is going to be a player in the American scene for a long time.
P.S. For anyone who’s read John Irving’s Garp book, I keep thinking of the Under-Toad – a malevolent, Grimm-ian force of nature living, in this case, under the Brooklyn Bridge.