Following a scandal, an author ponders the connection between humiliation and the desire to write.
Humiliation (Big Ideas//Small Books)
by Wayne Koestenbaum
$14.00 List Price
Among the many sources of humiliation I either learned about or was forced to relive while reading Wayne Koestenbaum’s Humiliation (Picador, $14): having a tiny penis or any form of smallness, soiling oneself or virtually any other physical process, writing or being written about, being jealous, being cheated on, being Googled, being mistaken for the wrong gender, being Michael Jackson, electroshock therapy, impotence, hair loss, inadvertent erections in awkward circumstances, smelling like liverwurst, vomiting onstage before a musical performance, voyeuristic curiosity about death, failing to visit a dying colleague in the hospital, and being photographed after you’re dead. The list, as you see, goes on indefinitely, with humiliation pursuing us even into the afterlife.
By a happy coincidence, just as I was
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