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Episode 193: Summer of Selfies, Karl Ove Knausgaard (My Struggle, Book 2)

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This week we’re continuing our discussion of literary “selfies” with a book you’ve certainly heard of, even if you’ve never read it. When we decided on this season’s theme, we figured we’d pretty much be required to read one of the books in this series by Knausgaard, and we picked the second novel on the recommendation of a friend. Will it live up to the hype? Or will we find it too navel-gazey? Online, it’s easy enough to find a whole range of opinions. The series has been praised by most, though all that praise has also resulted in the inevitable backlash.

We’ve talked about Knausgaard before, way back in Episode 99, when we discussed his novel A Time for Everything, the writing of which he references in Book 2 of My Struggle.

In the second half of this week’s show, we consider some of the gendered arguments that have been made about Knausgaard’s six-book series. Does Knausgaard write like a woman? If the novel had been written BY a woman, would it have received so much praise?

Also this week: another installment of Millennial M0m3nt, in which we find out which fast-casual eatery doesn’t even care whether its Millennial customers ever come back.

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