Sunday, August 21, 2005

"The Man Behind 'Behind Everyman'"

Reaching your 30s, you realize that you are professionally unsatisfied and have dated with no visible results. You write two novels and a memoir, collecting three rejections over four years. In a bookstore, looking for a “funny, quick read for the train,” you notice that such books are geared toward women. That same day, you begin writing to fill that perceived void in the market. Seven weeks and 45,000 words later, your novel is finished. Critics call the book — written in second person with an unnamed narrator — original and inventive. After your book sells, you meet your soul mate. While planning your wedding, you decide to move out to Los Angeles and try to sell the book as a screenplay. In the process, you become not only an established writer but a singles success story. This is the story of composer-turned-novelist and bachelor-turned-newlywed David Israel, author of “Behind Everyman,” “a novel for guys and the women who rescue them” that critics called “high-concept lad lit debut afloat with wry humor, earnest romance and endearingly dopey self-doubt.”
For more of the article, my column in this week's Jewish Week, click here. And madd props to Hilary for introducing me to the book (and the author) to begin with.


Chutzpah said...

oh, so now in addition to being a "complete product" and "total package" we also have to the Princess in shining armour that rides in to rescue them and un-fuck their fucked-up lives and databases? I can't take the pressure. Maybe I'll change my profile name to "The Rescuer" and see if draws more responses. Amd yes, we want men who can function in a variety of social situations because, duh,we can. (Can't wait to pick up the book tomorrow, thanks for the info.)

Ken Wheaton said...

The women who rescue us? What the hell is that about? That's ... that's ... what's the opposite of misogyny.

I wouldn't even write something like that. Okay, so I probably would. Maybe I'll get started right away. Or maybe I'll just quote the Misfit from Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find."

"She would have been a good
woman if there had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life"