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Subscription offers. Subscription sign in. The political and rhetorical thickets of the Arab-Israeli conflict will not bend to his method; they remain intractably exterior, while his forte is rummaging around in the basements and sub-basements of the psyche. This would give Nasreen moral stature, make her a more interesting villain. It would also, though he doesn't quite acknowledge as much, endow his own suffering with more significance.
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What Has He Done? On James Lasdun’s Memoir | The New Yorker
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The twisty history of paternity testing. On parade at West Point 50 years later. Trending No, China didn't steal our jobs. Some of her screeds were vicious but incoherent; others were ultra-clear and insinuating. Her flair for language vanishes in a morass of hatefulness, and she is reduced to capering about on the Web, a domain where invective and innuendo are rarely checked.
Lasdun, too, is diminished. Obsessed with unclouding his name, he realizes that language is no longer his ally. He also fears he is becoming a bore — weighing his own motives, mourning his vanishing reputation — while turning increasingly combustible. You must be out of your fucking mind, saying something like that to a Jew in New York.
Lasdun finds refuge in family and in books.