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I finished Heroines yesterday.

It remained fabulous and ground-shaking to the end. I mean, I am not exactly Zambreno's target audience -- I am not girl-identified, and my thing was always, always has been, not "being seen as an object" (muse not author, etc. etc. etc.) but not being seen at all. And those elements are important parts of what's going on in Heroines. And also the emphasis on self-expression -- I agree (!) that women writers should feel they have the freedom to be in-regarding, to tell their own stories about themselves, to be their own author and character (as contrasted to someone else's mute muse). And I had a "click" moment when I realized that my own general reluctance to write about myself does actually fit precisely into this puzzle. But I still don't want to write about myself directly. I'm a bad diary-keeper, too. Oh well.

Nonetheless. Did I say before that this is basically the companion volume to How to Suppress Women's Writing? But it might make you even angrier. If you didn't think that was possible, you should read this book.

Next I think I will read nihilistic_kid's Love is the Law, which arrived two days ago, before I tackle Les Mis.