Wagner’s latest

Chris Lehmann admires Bruce Wagner’s Still Holding: A Novel of Hollywood:

Rather than a Page Six takedown of celebrity pretense, “Still Holding” is an instructive study in what one character calls “the messy, fragrant anarchy of impermanence.” (The book’s six sections are also named for key Buddhist precepts, e.g., “The Three Poisons,” Ground Luminosity” and “Ordinary Mind.”)

This sounds like an unwieldy and/or pretentious turn for a Hollywood novel to take, but the novel’s characters are so tightly and persuasively conceived against the sprawling absurdity of their setting that “Still Holding” never feels forced or didactic.

(Via Old Hag.)

For those keeping track, Kakutani has reviewed the book, too, and found it wanting.

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