New Yorker critic Janet Malcolm weighs in on “Gossip Girl” (for reals!)

Written by David Blum on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts.


In the current issue of The New Yorker, Janet Malcolm describes the Gossip Girl novels as a "Waughish achievement."  Like, seriously. Somehow the 74-year-old New
Yorker
critic at large, better known for her dessications of Joe McGinniss in The Journalist and the Murderer and of archivist Jeffrey Masson in In The Freud
Archives
, has chosen to turn her laser-beam analytical eye on the books that
became the basis of the hit teen series on the CW network.

Children are a pleasure-seeking species, Malcolm reports, accurately enough, although her thesis – that the “tour de force” novels by Cecily von Ziegesar have been translated into “sluggish and crass” television episodes – may not find many children in agreement.  Still, how can you not read this?  Janet Malcolm on Gossip Girl – come on, that’s sick!

Read Malcolm’s essay here.

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