New yorker magazine article on online dating
fiction is distinguished from nonfiction for a reason, & we continuously frame it as such. — lαrissα phαm (@lrsphm) December 10, 2017 signifier that we associate with the personal essay.
we use fiction to say certain things about the world, and it allows for devices like unreliable narration, which don't fly in a personal essay. It has an intimate, confessional feminine narrative voice, the kind of voice we have learned to associate with “It Happened to Me”–style first-person narratives.
Specifically, the story “Cat Person” by Kristen Roupenian, which appeared in the New Yorker.
The story centers on a 20-year-old college student named Margot who gradually falls into flirtation with a man named Robert.
“Margot keeps trying to construct an image of Robert based on incomplete and unreliable information, which is why her interpretation of him can’t stay still,” Roupenian said in an interview.Today, anti-union efforts largely center on stoking resentment toward public-sector employees.But, for much of American history, attacks on labor focussed on exploiting racial divisions among workers.Women’s subjectivity is not for serious literary fiction, after all; it’s for unserious, uninteresting, unpaid-for online writing.Treating “Cat Person” as a piece of nonfiction is another way to dismiss its literary merit, and we’re able to do that because it was written by a woman.