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The air of superior wisdom grows wearing after a while...
on 25 June 2016
One could admire Janet Malcolm more if she a) didn't eternally project herself as more knowing, more intelligent, more able to penetrate to the very heart of the matter, than anybody else, most especially her (hapless) subjects, and b) weren't always giving heavy-handed Freudian explanations for all the phenomena and behaviours she describes. There is something both intolerably smug about her tone -- a sort of triumphant 'aha!' being the background note -- and infuriatingly reductive about her 'insights'.