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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