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September 6, 2019: "The Golden Vanity" by Ben Lerner

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Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on September 6, 2019 (00:30 A.M., September 7th (GMT)), for a discussion of "The Golden Vanity" by Ben Lerner.  The story was originally published in The New Yorker Magazine  in 2012.  One reviewer has  described the story as: "A neurotic, parodically self-aware author waits to discuss his archives with a librarian. A year earlier, in advance of oral surgery, he frets over the metaphysical implications of “twilight sedation” with his wryly patient friend, Liza. The rest of the story, more or less, is what happens in between. “The Golden Vanity” is a Nabokovian chronological puzzle, and probably just a bit too clever for its own good. But if you think about it long and hard enough, it will break your heart."

It took me a bit of time with a good dictionary to understand what the reviewer was saying, but I finally decided that she meant that the story was good enough to warrant reading it while at the same time pointing the finger of ridicule at the oft pretentious selections of The New Yorker,

The Story is available on line at:  https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/06/18/the-golden-vanity

Meeting Place:

     Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner 

      mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner

Don't forget to bring a friend. 

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