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  •  Fannie Flagg, because she is SO funny! (9+ / 0-)

    And yet--and yet--her books contain hard kernels of truth about the human condition.  I'm thinking particularly of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe.

    There are lots of modern women novelists, but not all of them would fall into the category of "great."

    Yes, I do think women read more books than men. Someone told me that 70 percent of the books in this country are bought by women.  Think about it:  women can't, or don't usually, go to sports bars, drink beer for hours while cheering on their favorite teams on the huge TV screen, and then lurch out to their cars to drive home.

    Women generally don't go jogging at night. We know what will happen to us if we do.

    So we read.

    Great topic for discussion, Brecht!

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 07:30:31 PM PDT

    •  "Think about it: women can't, or don't usually, go (2+ / 0-)
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      to sports bars, drink beer for hours while cheering on their favorite teams on the huge TV screen, and then lurch out to their cars to drive home."
      And men infer from this that they're smarter, and women are boring. Though, in fairness, I've never had a man expect me to watch the house and garden channel with them. That may be informative in theory, but it lacks something as a social activity.

      Actually, anything can be a good social activity, if you take the time to decide on something that the whole group is interested in - which is a skill I find more in women than in men.

      I enjoyed the movie of Fried Green Tomatoes, but never heard of Fannie Flagg, or knew she wrote anything else. But gritty wisdom leavened with humor is a fine recipe, so I'll look for her. Thanks, Diana.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 09:24:44 PM PDT

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      •  Oh, Fanny Flagg is wonderful. (2+ / 0-)
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        It speaks volumes (to me, at least, b/c I know what a critic I am) that I enjoyed the novel of Fried Green Tomatoes just as much as I enjoyed the movie.

        Usually, I like one or the other version and loathe the one I don't much like.

        Not with Fried Green Tomatoes. They're both excellent.

        Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

        by Youffraita on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 11:47:14 PM PDT

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