It hit me today how fast-paced and funny the pathos of The Sellout is. Like a Rodney Dangerfield routine, or a Tom Robbins riff, Paul Beatty is able to say what we really think – all of it – even the parts we hide from ourselves. It’s not that life doesn’t matter and nothing is sacred in his writing, it is that everything is sacred and everything is here and gone and it doesn’t matter at all, but it felt like something and that feeling is life.
It’s the best thing about reading fiction, to me. That feeling. That life.