The Office Hour, Chapter 5: “The Ferrante Affair”

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In this episode, Toby and I discuss the controversy surrounding the publication of Italian journalist Claudio Gatti’s “Elena Ferrante: An Answer?” and “The Story Behind a Name” in The New York Review of Books this past weekend. Having never read any of Ferrante’s knowledge, we rely quite heavily on Alexandra Schwartz’s analysis in The New YorkerTimes Literary Supplement editor Stig Abell’s critique of the NYRB‘s editorial decision, Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, and (in a strange turn of events) Werner Herzog to back up our claims.

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Music: “Occhi di Bambola,” by Giovanni Vicari. Creative Commons courtesy of the Free Music Archive.

Andrew Marzoni

About Andrew Marzoni

Andrew Marzoni is a writer, critic, teacher, musician, and co-editor of TECHStyle. He has a MA in English & American Literature from New York University and a PhD in English from the University of Minnesota. His essays and criticism have appeared in ARTnews, Cinephile, The New York Observer, The Quarterly Conversation, Review 31, Music & Literature, Rain Taxi Review of Books, and other publications. He is currently writing a critical history of Semiotext(e), 1974-present.
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