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Yep, I read that a few years ago and enjoyed it, a bit like reading a report from an alien anthropologist studying earth.

Strangely, some of the women I know who've read it felt that she was unduly harsh to other women, i.e. her generalizations of relationships between women were much harsher than what these female readers had experienced.

That's interesting. One thing I noticed is that, as a woman writer living in New York, she's probably used to competing with other women at a very high level of achievement. By contrast, "Ned" explores his masculinity in bowling alleys, seedy strip clubs, low-income jobs, and singles bars. And a monastery. And a men's movement hug-a-thon. So when she compares male bonhomie to relations between women, she may not be comparing apples to apples simples because of differences in class.


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The strip club experience was different from any strip club experience I've ever had, and some of the conclusions drawn from that rang false for me, for that reason.

And I wonder if the bowling alley experience had been in Texas, would it have been any different? Some part of me thinks so. (Texas is the only place I've ever experienced 'real' bowling, as opposed to 'candlepin', which you really need to follow the link to understand why I don't consider it to be 'real' bowling. And that's the bowling I grew up with, and I thoroughly sucked at it. I didn't know I liked bowling until after I'd been in Texas for awhile.)

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