This week we’re discussing Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s Fleishman Is In Trouble, a book that’s been described as the novel Phillip Roth would have written if Phillip Roth understood women. Which is a pretty good Phillip Roth zing, but also maybe true? We talk about the book’s depiction of internet dating, whether its view of marriage is cynical or pragmatic, and why at least one of us felt the need to reconsider some of his own behavior after reading the novel’s closing chapters. Plus: we offer some advice for writers who are trying to promote their work online without stepping on the important work being done–on Twitter and elsewhere–by Black Lives Matter and anti-police activists. Is is possible to talk about your own stuff without getting in the way of an important political and cultural moment? Should you just shut up for a while?
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