Tuesday, September 07, 2004

What Is a Demi-Puppet?

A writer like Jonathan Franzen, whatever his reputation, is actually a flunkie to the established lit world, and is therefore a Puppet.

Apologists for Franzen and other such controlled marionettes-- Puppet Wannabes-- are Demi-Puppets.

Tom Bissell seems, through relentless obsequious efforts, to have graduated in status from Demi-Puppet to Puppet.

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