The Average American Male

The Average American Male

author: Chad Kultgen

name: Steev

average rating: 3.45

book published: 2007

rating: 4

read at: 2018/11/25

date added: 2018/11/25

shelves: fun, own-it, novels

In tone this reminds me a lot of American Psycho, only without the ultraviolence. In its dispassionate, dry delivery of the events of the story, it also is reminiscent, to my mind, of Shoplifting from American Apparel. In a way, it's even more poisonous than American Psycho, because the book is even less obvious that it's making a point and that it's a sort of satire, and that as has become increasingly clear, there will always be some audience members of a satire dumb enough to think it's earnest, no matter how obvious the satire appears.

Hence I have mixed feelings about this. How many young men have already read this novel, earnestly, and absorbed its toxic messaging as reinforcing how they think of and treat women?