I thought a lot about it, and the best metaphor I can use is multiple orgasms. There, I said it.
“I’m staunchly against dissecting the fat female body like a frog in biology…”
Both versions of Hidden Figures have value, but the audience for each is not the same.
“I couldn’t say the f-word, I couldn’t say fat, I never said it out loud, I hating the way it sounded. I preferred a variety of euphemisms: overweight, curvy, chubby, zaftig, even obese.”
When you erase the fat and leave the girl, you’re still not getting much person.
A deeply intimate and creative endeavor, The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová: A Biographical Collage could work beautifully in a classroom or on your bedside nightstand.
But a dilettante by definition doesn’t typically “do” a career.
I got Carli Lloyd’s memoir from the library to school my attitude.
American readers see what’s unusual, and the details are enough to make the story’s setting and characters vividly “other.”
Evans’s prose has depth and variety…