So this "cat person" new yorker story that's going viral


#1

why?


#2

dunno


#3

I’ve not heard of this, and then I got about three paragraphs in and saw how much I had left to read, and abandoned it.


#4

also lots of people keep calling it an article or essay, which i find confusing.


#5

reads like a novelisation of that ‘i like old movies’ advert


#6

Is this really shit? Not going to read it either way but would like to hold an opinion


#7

This is some pretty horrendous prose.


#8

it’s not really that long tbf


#9

And the article?


#10

I think it’s because people assume that it’s a non-fiction piece and then realise that it’s not, and they’re not used to seeing short stories presented like that. (Not sure why though - it’s pretty common).

It reads as very believeable - plus it’s quite brave to have a first person narrator and the other main character who are extraordinarily ordinary as well as being just not being that nice.


#11

Sorry that was peurile. Not clicking the link to find out. Vine me once, shame on you etc.


#12

well it has some finely tuned observations about dating, the lies people tell themselves and others, disturbing behaviour and such, but…isn’t that what you should expect from a well written story anyway, idk.

the prose is typical new yorker, which is to say it’s raymond carver-lite, stodgy “gritty realist” stuff, with nary a polished turn of phrase or stunning descriptive passage to be found. that’s not really the author’s fault though, tbh - the new yorker editors are almost entirely without poetry or imagination in their hearts.


#13

Is Robert one of those nice, caring, sensitive chaps who angrily complains that women don’t sleep with him because he’s ‘a nice guy’? (I’ve read 4 paragraphs and checked out)


#14

maybe 30 years ago, but considering carver did a number on what americans think is “good” “truthful” prose and storytelling, it’s kind of standard for the contemporary TNY tbh.


#15

It features sentences such as:

“You’re welcome, concession-stand girl,” he said, though of course he knew her name by then.


#16

That’s a strange name. Is it Dutch?


#17

@aboynamedgoo


#18

I’m thinking more of how mundane the characters are. Like, the point is that nothing sets them apart in any way.


#19

No idea what you’re asking.

I like The New Yorker, even though I hardly ever read the fiction section, oviously.


#20

Kinda. Plot summary (CW: misogynistic language / behaviour): 20-year-old woman meets 34-year-old man at a concession stand. They end up dating and then having some really crap sex. Three or four days later she cools it off; no real drama. A month or so down the line, he sees her in a bar (with a male friend of hers) and then later that night bombards her with a series of texts, ending with “whore”.

So basically I think it’s just been seized upon as a relatable story. Prose itself is pretty unremarkable.