“However, as someone who aspires to fit into Auster’s definition of “boy writer,” I’m wondering if he might extend his coinage to include “girl writers” as well. Who are they among women, the creative sparks, the gleeful, the ones who make you want to read?” — Anne Margaret Daniel
Could we split the difference and call them all “tomboy” writers, thereby pleasing everybody? That way boys would be girls, and girls would want to be boys; they’d all want to be boys [points for boys] but they’d all really be girls [points for girls].
He seems to have been trying to unspool a thread about joy in making things, about a sense of conflict between joy and discipline–maybe how, concretized, they imply each other even as they seem in conflict. But gendering his idea, even if it was a teasing troll, seems a dingbat move. …an experimental, innovative, boyish dingbat move, sure.