DWJ: OT Books set at universities

Hallie O'Donovan hallieod at indigo.ie
Thu Feb 28 11:42:59 EST 2002


Lizzie:

>I bit back seven comments about just where that teacher was stuck/should
>be stuck/could stick his 'contemporary' novels.  Seven.  I counted.  I
>think I might be learning restraint--this may just be cause for a
>celebration :). . . either that or I'm waiting to say it to his face.  Oh,
>evil, _evil_ grin.

I guess he's just an ignorant and arrogant jerk.  Too bad - a time 
warp would have been far more interesting. :)

>
>I think that contemporary fiction in this case referred to anything
>published after, um, the prof's birth?  I really don't know--nothing in
>the class was less than five years old (though to be fair the Kingsolver
>was at least within the last ten years and the Lessing book, The Fifth
>Child, had a sequel published around that time, which sort of makes it
>contemporary).  And stuff like _White Noise_ at least had fairly recent
>editions!  But it was all new to me because I'm not a big fan of, well,
>Don DeLillo and John Fowles and Graham Swift and so on and so forth.  We
>had to write a little list of the most recent contemporary novels we'd
>read (he informed us with a condescending sneer that Harry Potter
>counted if we had nothing else!) and I had to wrack
>my brain.  I finally came up with a Jerzy Kosinski book I'd read months
>before called _Blind Date_ and D.H. Lawrence's The Rainbow (because it's
>an absolutely brilliant book-I was just coming off of a Lawrence kick and
>I think that one's my favorite) and I stuck on a DWJ just to be contrary.
>He then compiled a list of those books and handed it out, which I resented
>because I didn't actually want to reccomend _Blind Date_ (other books of
>his are soooo much better; Blind Date has an ick factor, at least to me,
>related to the meaning of the title), and, as I remember, because he left
>the DWJ off.

He'd have taken HP but didn't take DWJ?  What more needs to be said 
about him...


Hallie.


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