Portrait of the Artist...by numbers
All right, a few of these episodes ("Doubting Process"; "Your new impeccability") have their useful moments, but they are way outswamped by what is ultimately a smug, back-patting, banal portrayal of "the writing life." You know, "You and I, we're not like others, we're writers, we're special--we drink pomegranate white tea, we fetishize the 'quirky' and the 'funky,' we need 92% more meaning than your average mortal, we love Paris, we fret about the relative merits of Freudian versus Jungian therapy, we like our smut with a soupcon of metaphor" etc. etc. etc. It's an odd mix of in-group flattery and stereotype mongering. Though the tone is generally encouraging, it's undercut by the occasional "What you do is not writing--_War and Peace_, now THAT's writing!" If you're at all like me (and I hope for your sake you're not), you'll come away from this podcast with a cheapened sense of vocation, due as much to Maisel's clunking sentences as his implicit framing of the novel-in-progress as an inevitable quirky, funky, tea-serving way station on the road to poseurville. Avoid.
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