Portnoy’s Complaint

(a.) We’re taught to feel guilty and ashamed of things that are not wrong and are not shameful. (b.) Efforts to escape this condition tend to result in still more guilt and shame. (c.) There is a desire both to treat people as objects and to prevent them from being treated that way. (d.) Is it evil to sometimes fulfill our perverse desires? (e.) The bad are bad with abandon, while the good aren’t permitted any fun. (f.) (Speculation: could Wallace’s “fraudulence paradox” be a sort WASP analog to Roth/Portnoy’s Complaint?)

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