Wow, what a tale. I'd say it's appalling that these things happen in the modern world, but it more seems like men like Matzneff are just finally getting what's due to them.
It's a weird tension, the space between artistic liberty and advertising for pedophilia. I had a flash where I thought what if he could just write his fantasies and use stories as a healthy outlet and not acting on them.... and then reality caught up.
I'm appalled, and agree it's loathsome not to read her book. He was fine to engage, but doesn't want to hear about the real impacts of his behavior? Cowardly.
Wow. From the perspective of the US in 2020, this is hard to fathom. It's a different world.
I feel tha he owes it to Springora to read her book. Perhaps he'll find it irresistable as time passes.
This is fascinating. Read it. Share your thoughts.
#metoo began as a way for the voiceless to have a voice.
Conveniently, “voice” and “space” aren’t zero-sum games. There is room for everyone to be heard and understood. Though that sometimes seems challenging, even impossible, I believe it’s the only, inevitable way forward.
Hopefully, #metoo continues to evolve towards openness, dialogue, and understandings.
My (small, weakly held, borderline-casual) opinion: I felt one way until I got to the very end of this piece. Then I thought, “Wow! F*ck Matzneff for not even reading Springers book.” Engage!
New York Times reporting is, as usual, an A+. I can’t believe this reporter tracked this guy down at his favorite cafe, chatted for three hours, and got this incredible coverage. (The writing is a B-. It’s a hot take. A “newspaper” take. I loathe the choppiness, quick paragraphs, and too many names and characters. NYTimes should do more storytelling, even with the “news.”)