Saturday, September 19, 2009

Daisy Fried on Franz Wright's "Wheeling Motel"


Blogger Pam Hart said...

I wonder what William Logan would have to say about this book? Fried walks the middle path pretty well, and that's fine. I don't know Wright's work so can't chime in, but this got me to thinking generally about Logan's reviews in comparison.

2:50 PM  
Blogger F.W. said...

Hey Pam, why slober over Logan, why not go for the real thing, like Rush Limbaugh?

8:58 PM  
Blogger Brian Campbell said...

Franz Wright is a great one. I'm glad to hear he's come out with a new book.

10:58 PM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...


Franz Wright and William Logan––as you may surmise from the comment of "F.W."––do not, shall we say, "get along."

That is only one reason why Franz Wright is one of my heroes.

4:00 AM  
Blogger Pam Hart said...

Gregg, I did not know this when posting but after reading FW's comment did a bit of research and learned online about their history, which I hadn't meant to revisit at all, actually was more thinking about the Fried review and how open her approach was as compared to Logan, that's all. I now understand FW's over-reaction to my comment.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

William Logan is an embittered man who wishes he was a good poet; this is why he lashes out at great poets--such as Mr. Wright.

"Fried walks the middle path pretty well"? I disagree. I thought her review of "Wheeling Motel" was uniformed, and, at best, scattershot.

These lesser poets who happen to find themselves in the role of Critic do Criticism a disservice by bringing personal vendetta and charlatan vitriol into their work.


11:18 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Fans of Franz Wright should check out

Readings from Wheeling Motel

11:50 PM  
Blogger David Dodd Lee said...

There seems to be some sense in the Fried review that diving deep
into the vocation of Poet, as opposed to say being social (often), is a negative. I'd say it's what pushes you through to the other side--life, death . . .
In other words, it called putting in your time at the desk. If you
happen to love it (being at the desk) as Wright surely does, how
wonderful is that . . . and rare . . .

12:55 PM  
Blogger Donna Munro said...

Fried's review left me a little queasy. She kept saying really rotten things and then saying in effect, but if you like that sort of thing,then this is great. The title alone was a slap in the face. & she tried to get cute with big contrasts that actually had nothing to do with the book.I thought it was a creepy review, all told.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I'd never heard of Franz Wright before but I just ordered "Wheeling Motel" based on Daisy Fried's review. I happen to love her poetry but that wouldn't have convinced me. The review did. (The reading on facebook helped too.)

7:17 PM  

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