We can't believe we're saying this about anything in n+1, which is the most important literary journal of our time—but some things about Carlene Bauer's review of How Sassy Changed My Life are dead-on and great. Like: she takes the authors to task for not spending "more time thinking about why something like Sassy will probably never happen again, starting with the oft-repeated reason of corporate consolidation... Now advertisers know that girls have money—or at least that their parents do—but what difference has it made? Whose fault is it that putting Björk, Sarah Silverman, or Cat Power on the cover of a magazine has become a signal of subversion? Would corporations really lose money if they acknowledged their readers and viewers had more on their minds than sex, prize money, and violence?" Word. But also this could have done with some slash-and-burn chopping.
For example, if it were up to us, we'd have deleted the part that makes Carlene look like a sad loser who can't get over her teenage successes.
But they don't mention that Seventeen also published Sylvia Plath, Lorrie Moore, and Edwidge Danticat—all winners of its fiction contest. (Full disclosure: I am one, too.)Like, ooh! Golf clap.