Re: [johnbarth] Barth mention in review of new Rushdie
- at least 3 levels of indirection for me to ask this question in a John Barth forum; but .... Can someone please explain the usage of 'unpack' as in "Honestly, sir, I can't unpack your question." in James Morrow's excerpt in Conjunctions 50? Never having seen it until there, I of course saw it again almost immediately and, even more interesting (to me), saw a place where it should have been used. Is it only extremely snide? Is it widely used? Where and when was it born in this usage?
On Wed, Jun 4, 2008 at 10:19 AM, Mark Brawner <mark.brawner@...> wrote:
As one blogger put it, "To the surprise of exactly nobody, Kakutani
hates the new Rushdie. (And she even manages to work in a half-slam at
John Barth - - - in the very first sentence!)"
Which I paste herewith:
'Salman Rushdie's new novel, "The Enchantress of Florence," reads less
like a novel by the author of such magical works as "Midnight's
Children" and "The Moor's Last Sigh" than a weary, predictable parody
of something by John Barth.'