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Zip It: Erica Jong’s Stunning Self-absorption

Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life by Erica Jong

Reviewed by Cristina Nehring
The Atlantic Monthly

"Attention, Bill Clinton. Erica Jong is waiting for your call. 'I can't get in touch with Bill,' she announces in her most recent memoir. 'He has to get in touch with me.' She does everything short of giving her phone number. She agonizes about pleasing him in the sheets ('I wonder if I'm trashy enough'). She reassures him she's cleared things with her spouse ('My husband is cool about our affair'). No matter that it's been three decades since Jong published Fear of Flying, the book that presumably emboldens her to proposition American presidents. It careened to the top of best-seller lists after its publication in 1973, revolutionized the way people thought about women's erotic desire, provoked translations into two-and-a-half-dozen languages, and turned its thirtysomething author into a celebrity. It also drove her to eternal self-imitation. Each of the seventeen books Erica Jong has written since has been an increasingly desperate postscript to her first novel." Read the entire Atlantic Monthly review.

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2 Responses to "Zip It: Erica Jong’s Stunning Self-absorption"

    Carol August 9th, 2006 at 6:17 am

    Christina Nehring has obviously never read most of Erica Jong's brilliant work,ie Fanny,Serenissima,Any Woman's Blues, Witches,and her plethora of incredible poems.

    It was saddening to read such a vicious attack.....Ms. Nehring writes like the vitriolic and uninformed Ann Coulter... Nehring seems to have a personal axe to grind,which is most unprofessional!

    rushmc August 9th, 2006 at 8:10 am

    This is a brilliant review, perhaps one of the best I've ever read. Nehring positively eviscerates Jong, who has long begged for it. I hope this reaches a wide audience to help counter Jong's self-created mythos.

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