Erasure: now a major motion picture 'American Fiction'

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Erasure: now a major motion picture 'American Fiction'

Erasure: now a major motion picture 'American Fiction'

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Dullard will win that rigged game no matter who plays against him, race, gender, creed, whatever, because the underlying problem is that the world likes dull. The only spoiler warning it makes sense to offer: I’m going to discuss some of the differences between Everett’s novel and American Fiction, Cord Jefferson’s highly anticipated adaptation now in theaters. These are the existential non-conformists (I get the paradox of naming them as such, so eat this term before reading). Monk quickly composes a satirical response based in part on Richard Wright's Native Son (1940) and Sapphire's Push (1996).

Though long skittish about Hollywood, with Erasure Everett trusted Jefferson to both adapt and direct one of his most challenging works.Ellison becomes a judge for a major book award and My Pafology (title changed to Fuck) gets nominated, forcing the author to come to terms with his perverse literary joke. It is dictated that they will remain black, even if they (or their masks) look white, or look less black than other Black Americans (or Australians). The much lauded PEN winner and Booker Prize shortlisted author Percival Everett is genuinely a master of all of the above. To parapharse Aaron Sorkin, people who cannot manage to sell Percival Everett books should get out of the selling stuff business. Faced with years of disinterest in his latest manuscript, emotional turmoil erupts when he learns his sister was killed by abortion protestors.

This is the story of a black author, artist and intellectual who is greatly respected in small circles, yet has not (and does not seek) fame for his talents. He has served as a judge for, among others, the 1997 National Book Award for fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 1991. The massiveness of his being is awe-inspiringly intimidating, unless you truly believe that you are as great as you would have others believe.

Monk’s attitude about race is as much a feature of his education and class standing as his individual genius. And then when we’re shaken from this blistering revelation, he then reminds us that at the root of all this craziness is really an incredibly sad story. At the same time, Monk is becoming a real caretaker to his family, the shenanigans sharing space with realistic domestic trials.

Some people in the society in which I live, described as being black, tell me I am not black enough. But the two novels have very separate set-ups with different protagonists of different ages and circumstances. In one brilliant scene, they find themselves alone in a conference room and have it out over her book. The film’s Monk is sharp, sarcastic, and funny, but in the book he’s also obnoxious, especially when it comes to Black women.

Different typefaces give the whole a built-up-from-pieces feel; the text of Fuck appears on different-coloured paper. The parallel plots of Monk's mother being erased by Alzheimers, and the rewriting of family memories by the revelation of old secrets, work really well with Monk writing lies, creating a new persona, losing himself and the things that matter, having an identity imposed on him as per the opinions of mostly white liberal US media. 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 novel reacts against the dominant strains of discussion related to the publication and criticism of African-American literature. In addition, he frequently jots down story ideas, and has a passion for imagining dialogues: between Barlach and Klee; Wittgenstein and Derrida; Wilde and Joyce. Everett is skeptical about the truth-value of race as a concept, but that hasn’t kept him from writing about it extremely well, usually with an eye for the absurd. Black people have to be careful what they wish for when it comes to representation in popular culture. Living Parchments, Human Documents: Racial Identity and Authorship in Percival Everett's Erasure and Hannah Crafts' The Bondwoman".

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. There’s Monk’s mother, whose identity is rapidly being lost to Alzheimer’s; there’s Bill, his older brother, who has come out after being divorced by his wife; there’s Lisa, his older sister, a doctor at a woman’s clinic who’s been murdered by an anti-choice fanatic. I had to rescue myself, find myself and that meant, it was ever so clear for a very brief moment, losing myself. At Erasure's end, a New York literary audience wonders why Thelonious Ellison has risen to accept Stagg R Leigh's prize.

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