The Brainy Bunch

Everyone, regardless of gender, showed respect, if not awe, for Hannah Arendt’s erudition.
photo: courtesy Special Collections, Vassar College Libraries
Everyone, regardless of gender, showed respect, if not awe, for Hannah Arendt’s erudition.

Although Laskin reports Elizabeth Bishop's crushing verdict on this episode—"art just isn't worth that much"—he never truly reckons with this question in the lives of the writers under his glass. Then again, it may be that he doesn't speak for women at all. McCarthy's many veiled depictions in her fiction of her tortured marriage to Wilson are never viewed in so transcendent a light as Lowell's betrayal. Perhaps for Laskin it takes a man to go all the way, pierce the membrane between private and public, and really score as an artist.

« Previous Page
 |
 
1
 
2
 
All
 
My Voice Nation Help
0 comments
 
New York Concert Tickets
Loading...