In the current (3/28) Newsweek literary insider David Gates reviews the new novel by well-connected rich kid Jonathan Safran Foer. Gates gives the book a lukewarm review while accepting Foer's importance as a writer. It's a sham; a joke.
THE QUESTION: Is this all the establishment lit world can come up with? From the accompanying small photo it looks like Foer could give Jonathan Franzen lessons in nerdiness. He appears to be not 23, but 12. Some "literary rock star"! The mandarins are getting desperate. Literary wunderkinds of the past like Jay McInerney at least had some style about themselves-- even if only foppishness. J.S. Foer is a blank; a void. Ms. Oates and Company: Do better! I guess in the halls of Princeton there's not much to work with.
Sorry, but I'll put my money on the ULA's young barbarians. I have the feeling that if the boy-in-a-bubble Rich Kid ever encountered Noah Cicero, Bernice Mullins, Marissa Ranello, Pat King, Jessica D and the like he'd shit his pants.