What does /lit/ think of Ben Lerner? I read Leaving the Atocha Station for an English class and really enjoyed it, might have liked 10:04 even more though - he's got a great sense of humor. I've yet to read his poetry - am I missing out? Also any similar authors?
his "poetry" is academic charlatanism at its finest. Really, how he won awards for that total sophomoric garbage is beyond me.
His novels aren't bad or good, they just read like average MFA-mill fare.
He won't be remembered in 20 years.
>it was raining
>my friend who is a girl was over
>I promise she is a girl
>uhh- she wanted to fuck me too
>really guys a girl wanted to fuck me
Extrapolate that to 60,000 words and you have his novel
Leaving the Atocha Station was surprisingly enjoyable, but his poetry is terrible, and he seems like a pompous ass besides. I've read that 10:04 is wank, pure style without substance.
when i read him i feel like i'm reading someone who just got published and no one really knows why anymore, like he has nothing to say (no i and i don't mean of substance/ i mean of confidence) and he knows this and we all know this yet he's what the 21st century white american male of literature is, essentially, so we give him a book deal and we read him bc if we don't read him, who else do we read? tao lin? no, he's definitely something else. he's the john green of /lit/ but at least green has some perverted dilemmas to him.
A good way to think about him. I also think it's that he wants to be a postmodernist writer really badly even though pomo has been dead for decades and most intelligent people are writing otherwise. His fetish for John Ashbery is just embarassing
DFW is like those straggling modernist writers still writing like Joyce into the 70s and 80s. He won't be remembered in a century, he's a completely unimportant part of literary history. And his writing sucks nonetheless.
Bolano is irrelevant except to freshmen.