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Erasure: now a major motion picture 'American Fiction'

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The film’s ending recreates that of the novel and is an earnest metafictional attempt to address the difficulties of making a sincere and satisfying movie ending. The sharp satire on American publishers and American readers that Everett puts forward is delicious. It says the most redeeming elements of the plot come from a "moving portrait of a son coming to terms with his mother's life. Everett’s writing has earned him the PEN USA 2006 Literary Award (for his 2005 novel, Wounded), the Academy Award for Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award (for his 2001 novel, Erasure), the PEN/Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature (for his 1996 story collection, Big Picture) and the New American Writing Award (for his 1990 novel, Zulus).

My Pafology, Monk’s pseudonymous parody of racial stereotypes, is optioned for a film, even before the book is out—and the author tries to sabotage the project by insisting that the title is changed to Fuck. With the first Everett-inspired screen adaptation American Fiction coming to theaters starting on Dec. When Monk talks about Black people’s “potential,” Sintara grabs the word and flips it back on him, revealing the condescending attitude toward Black people that undergirds his frustration with racial stereotypes. The satire/drama blend is a little uneven, but this is an entertaining novel if you are prepared to follow its snakes and snarks. The title perhaps answers any question before it is raised, making it in some sense an anti-title, but a title nonetheless, thus offering the suggestion of negation.I tried to step outside of my perspective and evaluate the film on its own merits, and to consider how someone who had not read the book might experience it.

I was pulled in a for a few minutes, thinking I was reading something meaningful and not getting it. Everett explores race, class, loyalty to family, sex, the theory of language, the life of canonical western artists, abortion, and sexual identity as the novel unfolds. The hegemony of language and culture will kill the boy, any boy, by putting the pistol in his hand, pointing it at his temple, and pulling the trigger. This universality woven into pure dreck makes reading it seductive and gives credence to what then happens to it publicly. I watched as she poured the water into the pot and dropped in the ball that I had already filled with tea.Monk is an African-American academic and struggling author whose agent tells him his books won’t sell because they're not "black enough. But as much as this book is uproarious, Everett does bring us back down to Earth once you understand the reason Monk is taking the path of becoming a “sellout. With that many targets in his sights, plus the plight of children of aging parents, plus the sibling dynamic in a family of high achievers. This bitterly funny satire of the publishing industry and the restrictive cultural definitions of "Blackness" to which it often conforms and caters, gets awkwardly and inconsistently folded into a sentimental family drama about Monk caring for an aging mother afflicted with Alzheimer's, and coming to terms with his father's death by suicide a decade earlier.

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