E–book/E–pub The Devil and Webster by Jean Hanff Korelitz

If I could have given this NO stars I would have Really was looking Appetite forward to it but there was seriously no point to it Felt like I was trudging thru mudI received this bookor ree thru the Netgalley and it had no bearing on the rating I gave it at irst i Cooking the Whole Foods Way: Your Complete, Everyday Guide to Healthy, Delicious Eating with 500 Recipes, Menus, Meal Planning, Techniques, Buying found this maddening we have certain expectations of 1 american novels and 2 academic novels and this particular booklouts them infuriatingly narratives threads are unaccountably cut short scenes stop in the middle why couldn t the author go on use words tell us what happened after the last person spoke why leave scenes so abruptly unfinished this Pure Grit flouts the narrative expectations of the american novel and atirst it seemed to me a sign of poor writing the thing is this book is otherwise written beautifully the language is erudite and precise sharp and smart the narrative is precise sharp and smart the narrative is not in the bad way i describe above but in The Good Way That Keeps The Story Focused And Engaging good way that keeps the story ocused and engaging suspenseful there was no way korelitz wasn t being intentional in her truncating of crucial scenes the novel does not it the mold of the academic novel either there is no sleazy confusing interaction between a student and aculty member in Ajax is All About Attack fact we meet one loneaculty member only briefly even though he is the subject of the novel there is no crisis on the part of a member of the America the Philosophical faculty or a department see the redoubtable Dr Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall even though race is at the narrative center of the novel it is not its thematic center or maybe it is but not in the way it seems atirst there are no conversations among students what korelitz does she gives us a novel about administrators in 2017 when university administrators are roundly hated and despised by just about everyone but themselves the story takes place at webster college a liberal arts college that is the off broadway euivalent of the ivy leagues so much so that it is considered in The Northmans Bride (Sons of the North fact a sort of ivy league itself the protagonist is the very reluctant president of the university naomi roth an ex women and gender studies professor and single mother of a daughter whoor reasons we are not told we are not told a lot maddeningly after growing up in the austere and too big president s house on campus decides to become a webster student a aculty member african american we assume we know he s black is not granted tenure in spite of his not being tenure worthy he is much beloved by the students we never uite learn why a protest is immediately staged naomi cannot reveal the very good grounds or tenure denial but offers to meet with the students and try to sort out their collective dismay the students absolutely uneuivocally refuse to meet with her in spite of her many attempts to accommodate them this refusal takes the The Northman's Bride form of a wall of silence the students are entirely uninterested in having it out with the person who could in theory at least change the situation they are protestingthe protest grows and grows and naomi who has a true blue history of campus protesting behind her lets it be she doesn t speak to the press exceptor the campus paper and doesn t say absolutely anything about the causes or tenure denial they are confidential and she would rather go down in lames than break this confidentiality webster a college that tries very hard to be anti racist anti sexist and all the antis that make a campus as liberal as it can possibly be becomes a national symbol of institutional racism pushed by many to bulldoze the increasingly large campus occupation naomi puts up instead a heated trailer with toilets Cherry Bomb for the students camping out in the uad a lot of things happen none of them the things you expect to happen it became clear to me only near the end thanks to a couple of conversations naomi has withirst her best Leading the Way friend who is also the dean of admissions and second a native american alum who is invitedor a conference webster has one of the top native american studies programs in the US that this novel is about what it means to become the top administrator the CEO if you will of a large corporate body when every bone in you has a radically lefty marrow eventually this is less an academic caper than a serious reflection on the power structure in academia the negotiation a leader must do between running a place and upholding liberal ideals with integrity generational horn locking and how all colleges should be run while it seems obvious that what korelitz had in mind when she wrote this novel was the increasing corporatization of american universities and the majestic leaching of intellectual and moral values they weekly display see harvard s withdrawal of the chelsea ma. Webster College an elite New England campus and a world of learning where creativity and inclusiveness are the presiding principles Naomi Roth a eminist scholar is named to the coveted position of Webster's presidentWhen a student protest materializes Naomi initially supports the movement eeling proud and protective of

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O parentis staff members so that otherwise trivial conflicts become worthy as the Focus For The Commitment for the commitment one s young life And because the monastic organisational ethos is one of voluntary cooperation not hierarchical direction it is almost impossible to manageThe university is the institution that Korelitz knows well in its modern The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace form to be sure but also in its monastic temperament She knows that behaviour in the university isn t governed by political correctness but by monastic s One sellow monksstudents no matter how annoying are reuired to work out their own salvation Besides they may end up being one s superior one day no sense in alienating a prospective abbot or abbessThe essence of monasticuniversity life is routine everything occurs at its set time and season As Korelitz says about her protagonist a university president who confronts the university as a phenomenon that would return to bedevil her life again and again over the ollowing years institutional to bedevil her life again and again over the ollowing years institutional Korelitz s Dartmouth like descriptions of these institutional traditions are not much different rom similar descriptions rom Oxford Paris and Bologna The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing from 800 years ago Term times lecture times tutorial protocols examination rubrics all constitute a liturgy which is rigid and rigidly defended than any otherormal regulations Weaving one s way through such a swamp of the way we ve always done things is as difficult Song of the Forest for an administrator as it isor the students and teachers Disrupting routine is the only real tool of protest available but it s usually effectiveMonastic establishments depend vitally on benefactors Traditionally these were the local nobility but corporate donors have slid easily into the role The latter exercise their influence subtly but decisively particularly through their influential power of appointment It is this power
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that connects monastery ancient or modern to the worldly realities of economics and meaningful politics The issue of lay patronage over church appointments was a major issue of the Middle Ages The Church won the battle around the end of the irst millennium but lost the war by the end of the second The result is the modern university s tenuous ormal independence Influence not power rules And influence is very uiet about itselfThe issues addressed within the modern universities are different in name but not in substance A Constellation of Vital Phenomena from those that were popular in ancient monasteries who is to be saved and how Perhaps the most urgentocus or this issue over the last several decades has been gender only partly because gender touches on sex much because gender is a surrogate or the uestion of the orderliness of the universe Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights followed closely by race largely because it too has been such a source of privilege and conseuently order Two genders three if one includes the neuter but this has never been problematic since it refers to non sexual beings is the ancient presumption upon which most sacred scriptures areounded What happens when gender is considered a spectrum rather than binary There are also two races white and all others So what happens when the subtleties of race confront the meritocratic rules of white liberal societyMonastic eruptions and explosions are what happens Very uickly everyone becomes a Still Life with Chickens fundamentalist Theight is ostensibly about what constitutes reality Gender abnormalities are just that abnormal vs Gender abnormalities are the norm Similarly Race distinctions are misleading vs Race distinctions are unavoidable Students believe they know the way really is and they never like itThe Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea fights conflicts protests at university however are actually not about reality what s really there but about the the attitude toward whatever there really is The issues that is aren t ontological but ethical This is what gets worked out in the monasteryuniversity environment Problems that previously have no name are articulated and argued It s messy beyond rational comprehension and only temporary since the population is inlux But it s somehow effectiveThus a university experience is inevitably moral All concerned students teachers and administrators eventually Paradox Bound find they are challenged to look not there in the objective worldor solutions to problems but here in themselves or how they are complicit in whatever is occurring The students are ormally instructed by their in the objective realities of the cosmos while they all are socially indoctrinated in the acceptance of the subjective responsibility STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare for their own psychic stance towards it It looks chaotic sometimes nonsensical but Korelitz understands what it s about and she tells the story well in The Devil and Daniel Webster. Lm her until sheinds herself acing an impossible and ultimately tragic conflict The Devil and Webster is shot through with caustic comedy and yet the Faustian notes are a persistent reminder that the possibility of corruption personal or institutional remains our persistent companion however good our intentions might be.
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The Devil and WebsterNning s visiting ellow appointment while keeping similar appointments Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays for sean spicer corey lewandowski joe scarborough and mika brzezinski and berkeley s astonishingree speech week i could NOT HELP THINKING THAT SHE WROTE help thinking that she wrote during the last year or so of the obama administration when black men and women were routinely mowed down by the police yet the justice department did close to nothing this is just one respect in which obama betrayed the liberal values on the wave of which he was elected korelitz s reluctant university president can do the right thing because she doesn t care about losing her position no one has bought it Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All for her and she has so much integrity that she does not even care about her legacy her choices have dire conseuences but she never waivers The Devil and Webster 4 starsI have been saying that it reuires some bravery to write this review The central issue isar complicated than it initially appears At What a Lass Wants first Iound the book slow It took me awhile to get into it But I now see the construction of the book was the lens of experiencing all the slow building events rom the main characters point of view And the main character a college president named Naomi Roth she inds herself in the groundswell of events she cannot control and doesn t even Mexican Hooker fully understand As a youth she was a student activist and protester and she passionately standsor discourse human rights and the legitimacy of marginalized experience As do I And yet she unwittingly becomes the authority she can t imagine herself becoming She has a daughter attending the school as well who is part of the protest representing her younger self and this relationship with her daughter is her primary relationshipThe reason the review reuires bravery is that it takes an interesting look at the stance of the left and how complicated and complex the issues of the left actually are I admit I The League for the Suppression of Celery find sometimes that passionor the cause can potentially obscure the complexity of a situation a stance that could get me kicked out of my home state I thought the book did a lovely job illustrating how in some rare cases race and political uagmires can be used to misrepresent and unfairly incite This is not intended to remotely demean the cause that I believe in ully but to show how media and passion together play a role in spinning a tale that might not uite be accurate or air The highly complicated and passionate divide as to what is truth in regards to the Arab Israeli Conflict is a great example of this Critical thinking can get lost in a passionate desire Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery for euity Which doesn t make both aims not extremely important profound and worth strivingor This author does a brilliant job however illustrating how complicated our values can actually get in this time and age And how hard it is to tease out what is right and what to actually take a stand orThe book itself I hope I haven t overshared I actually will use this moment to admit that I often browse through reviews rather uickly before I ve read the book as to not even know any details that might spoil the know any details that might spoil the of the story My reviews are often vague and experiential or that reason I m not a big The Day Fidel Died fan of spoilers ruining the experience and Iear I have already said too much I actually ound I really and greatly enjoyed the story and thought about it or days afterward Truly I think it depicts the mired complexity of this age and I enjoyed the ride as it unfolded It s hard to resist a campus novel The sixth novel rom Jean Hanff Korelitz is s hard to resist a campus novel The sixth novel rom Jean Hanff Korelitz is in Gulp!: The Seven-Day Crash Course to Master Fear and Break Through Any Challenge focusing on the administration than the students of aictional American college Webster College Massachusetts was The Outlaw and the Upstart King founded as a Native American training academy in the eighteenth century by missionary Josiah Webster Now it rivals Harvard and other Ivy League schools attracti Existential Storms in Monastic TeapotsThe modern university started life in the 13th century as an extension of the medieval monastery Its mission was to trainunctionaries mainly in Ecclesiastical Law and associated writing skills to serve the needs of the huge international clerical state Times have certainly changed the Church is in decline the Law is still with us but rather corporate than ecclesiastical and the young people who participate in it are likely not as rigorously celibate as their predecessorsNevertheless despite the secularisation of the world its unction and its denizens the university maintains much of its monastic origins It remains a place apart rom worldly affairs that is to say economics and its demands to make a living Like all enclosed communities it intensifies Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War familial tensions among surrogate siblings and with the in loc. He protesters her own daughter Hannah among them But the protest begins toester attracting students rom other institutions and media Attention begins to ocus on one charismatic student a Palestinian immigrant named Omar and both the tension on campus and the essential conflicts in Naomi's personal life begin to overwhe.


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    E–book/E–pub The Devil and Webster by Jean Hanff Korelitz “All that Welcome Week counseling the special receptions for foreign students and homeschooled students So much for the big brother

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    E–book/E–pub The Devil and Webster by Jean Hanff Korelitz Characters The Devil and Webster I have been lucky enough to meet Jean Hanff Korelitz and attend her wonderful pop up book groups for other authors Tomorrow I will get to sit with her to discuss her newest novel which was thoroughly engrossing and very thought provoking This novel about a campus under siege from student activists who are protesting a situation they do not know the facts of kept me reading over the holiday weekend and made work tolerable It is very much a

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    E–book/E–pub The Devil and Webster by Jean Hanff Korelitz at first i found this maddening we have certain expectations of 1 american novels and 2 academic novels and this particular book flouts them infuriatingly narratives threads are unaccountably cut short scenes stop in the middle why couldn't the author go on use words tell us what happened after the last person spoke? why leave scenes so abruptly unfinished? this flouts the narrative expectations of the american novel and at first it seemed

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    E–book/E–pub The Devil and Webster by Jean Hanff Korelitz A scathing satire of the prevalence of self righteousness and pseudo oppression in college campus protest culture A perfect storm of protest worthy material strikes Webster College and its president Naomi Roth But all is not as it seems as the reader discovers what the protestors don't know about the professor denied tenure So much of this book rang true after years of graduate school Took a star off because a few thr

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    E–book/E–pub The Devil and Webster by Jean Hanff Korelitz Jean Hanff Korelitz Ô 2 Summary Characters The Devil and Webster If I could have given this NO stars I would have Really was looking forward to it but there was seriously no point to it Felt like I was trudging thru mudI received this book for free thru the Netgalley and it had no bearing on the rating I gave it

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