Articles by Gabriel Brownstein

February 3, 2016

Reality Turned to Cliché: On ‘Trump: The Novel’ 5

The premise is just too broad — crude and adolescent. The details with which she draws her character — the hair, the wife, the tan — feel overblown and cartoonish. There’s no room for subtlety or irony.

March 3, 2011

Are You, Or Have You Ever Been, a Jewish Writer? 16

We were called up, one after another, and allotted two minutes each.  They sat in front of us, mostly late-middle aged, mostly female, presumably Jewish, all of them with reading glasses and notebooks—the scariest possible bar mitzvah crowd, deciding whom to invite to speak to their particular audiences, in San Diego or Palm Springs or Shaker Heights.

February 9, 2011

The Big Show: Franzen, Goodman, and ‘The Great American Novel’ 20

The Cookbook Collector’s literary elegance is part of what made the book invisible to a broad public, while Franzen’s roaring crassness is part of what made his book such a smash.  He’s just a lot louder than she is.