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 Yorker, Times 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.