I read almost half of this Sunday’s NY Times Book Review piece by Caitlin Flanagan before I realized who the author was, and I wonder what the paper was thinking.
It’s a slightly odd review. There are three books considered. Two are books of popular psychology, both about narcissism. One is a balanced consideration of narcissism, which can be either good or bad. The other is about recognizing narcissism in others and protecting oneself against them (I guess along the lines of a book from a few years ago about “the psychopath next door”).
The third is a photography book by, and about, Kim Kardashian. It’s by Rizzoli, the respected art publisher.
All but one paragraph of the review is about Kardashian. If you want to know more about the psychology books, you’ll find the authors, titles, and publishing information in the review itself, but other than that, I’ve just told you just about as much as Flanagan will. If you want to know more about what it’s like to be Kim Kardashian, however—whom Flanagan, no liberal, considers the perfect heroine for modern feminism—the review may tell you more than you needed to know.