John Irving, author of The World According to Garp, talks about his newest novel, In One Person.
EVENT: Irving will read from In One Person at the 92nd St. Y on May 13, 2012 at 8pm. More information here.
MichaelB, the idea of equality before the law is not new or contrary, and applying that principle to relationships that have been occurring naturally since time immemorial is not in the true sense abrupt. Yes, it was a shock to the system when, a couple of thousand years after the birth of democracy, women got the vote in our fair nation. (not the first to grant women that right.) Certainly it put stresses on the status quo to end slavery in the US, even after millennia of that most heinous practice. Has this change come quickly? Not at all. It's just that, like in a good book, the climactic moment often arrives with punch, even after hundreds of pages of preparation.
How sadly ironic that Mr. Irving, who's stated mission is "to broaden our tolerance of sexual differences" says of his librarian character,"she's a transgender woman, and not a woman at all". With friends like this, who needs enemies. Mr Lehrer, judging by his adulatory introductory and closing remarks, was clearly far too in awe of his guest to have even noted it. The wrestling questions were fascinating though.
Re Pres. Obama's recent support of Gay Marriage... "slowly" Mr. Irving??
Without commenting on the pros or cons of the issue, let's put it in SOME real perspective:
This DOES change millennia of (almost) universal societal custom. The change to legalize gay marriage has occurred in less than the twinkling of an eye, relative to the history of western civilization and certainly the history of mankind.
How quickly we lose sight of how we-all come to accept contrary ideas, due to just hearing it repeated often enough.
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