Gretchen Cryer Martin Gottfried - Essay

Martin Gottfried

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

["The Last Sweet Days of Isaac"] is terribly intelligent and supermodern, very funny, pertinent and impertinent…. The problem is its problems—it ran into a great many of them, obviously tried to repair them, just as obviously couldn't, and decided to settle with what it had. I suggest you settle for that as well because it often succeeds at something nobody else has yet tried.

What Gretchen Cryer … tried to do was apply the ideas of Marshall McLuhan and the visual realities of primary artists to current American existence (television existence, sound tape existence, photographic existence) she kept her thoughts "linear" (as McLuhan would say), working in terms of dialogue and specific thoughts....

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