TMR 15.1: “Alexandre Bleach Is Dead” [VERNON SUBUTEX]

The fifteenth iteration of the Two Month Review kicks off in a big way, giving a quick overview of Virginie Despentes’s life and work for Brian, and then launching into the wonderful world Despentes constructs filled with characters who are past their prime, who are flawed and don’t hide their warts. The subtle ways in which Despentes criticizes society, the separation between horrible thoughts and authorial intent, and the humor found in here all discussed at length. It’s a fun way to kick off the new season!

This week’s music is “Pretend We’re Dead” by L7.

If you’d prefer to watch the conversation, you can find it on YouTube along with all our past episodes. You can join us next week when we discuss pages 84-146 and ask questions, make comments, or correct inaccurate statements. Here’s where you can find the complete reading schedule.

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