How peculiar that Win Win, Tom McCarthy’s new film, currently plays in art houses while the much-derided hit The Blind Side was multiplex fare nationwide. Both films share the icky sense of removing a teenager from compromised circumstances entirely for one’s own ends as “the right thing.” Both, too, invite the audience to sneer and stare at individuals lacking in the protagonist’s privilege and power…
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Paul Auster is perhaps the most accessible writer of those considered to be part of the “high establishment.” And you know the echelon I mean—Roth, Morrison, DeLillo, McCarthy, etc. Yet his new novel, which comes out today, is too accessible, toeing a dangerous line somewhere between the inventive plots of Jonathan Lethem (one of Auster’s own protégés) and the facile sentences of Dan Brown.