“Guy lit”: books for the ‘Top Gear’ generation?

29 05 2006

Writing about web page http://chronicle.com/temp/reprint.php?id=w5nt0m56vb6544g9t4nl592zb66h49v0

High Fidelity cover

Difficult not to agree with the thesis here about the gap between The Catcher in the Rye and much contemporary literature. However, apart from the Hornbys, both of which I’ve read and enjoyed (although High Fidelity is a much better read than About a Boy), I’ve never even heard of the books and authors mentioned which do rather sound like poor McInerney/Easton Ellis imitations.

Mind you, anything actually branded as ‘guy lit’, just really isn’t going anywhere – who on earth will buy it? Literature for the ‘Top Gear’ generation?

Actually, now you look at it, this new cover for High Fidelity seems to have a touch of the Wendy Holdens about it rather than the classy feel of the original.

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