Joyce Carol Oatesâ€™ Success
by Richard Kostelanetz (August 2012)
A few years ago a friend lent me her copy of The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates: 1973-1982 (2008), which I read, much as I read everything put before my voracious eyes, especially if the author is a contemporary of mine whose work I anthologized more than four decades ago and have since followed, in her case with puzzlement. What ultimately is Joyce Carol Oates trying to do, aside from flooding libraries with her books and printed matter with her tripartite name? (Wise was the last move, which would always command more attention, especially in the era of search engines, than, say, “Joyce Oates.”) more>>>
Posted on 07/31/2012 2:08 PM by NER
10 Aug 2012
Oh poor thing.
You need to quote a colleague to find evidence for your catalogue of non sequiturs, e.g.:
One colleague, a Roman Catholic more sophisticated than most, wrote me recently, â€œThe reason that [her novel] them is pretty good is that it at least feels connected to her working-class Catholic childhood and teenage years.
So one can write a decent book only when moored to one's Catholic upbringing?
You quote a number of Oates's works, yet you fail to extrapolate their value.
A poorly devised attempt to attack a versatile mind that has contributed immensely to the world's cultural heritage while chronicling 20th and 21st-century America.
PS I'm not even going to comment on your (mis)reading of her Journal.
28 Feb 2013
gd. this review sounds like a personal vendetta. unbelievable to call it literary. its litter. productivity is not in and of itself an estimate of the purile. this review is emotional and sounds envious.