25 March 2004

“The More He Thought about It, the Angrier He Got”

Hooray! We talked about sex today!

This section deals with Gary and Caroline and the political positioning they take with their children.

Sex plays an important role in the whole novel, and we’re beginning to establish the different ways it works within the text. So far, Franzen seems to portray sex as an ultimately destructive act. Is this a misreading? If not, do you think he will redeem what is usually viewed as something literally creative?

I’m not feeling particularly lucid right now—which is a problem, since I have a paper to mail in fewer than 18 hours!

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