Revisiting Elizabeth Wurtzel in New York Magazine: Indulgent or Just Honest?

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Scott. Stonegate Walk – honesty jar. 2008. Flickr.com. Web. 30 Aug. 2015.

It’s now been more than 20 years since the writer Elizabeth Wurtzel hit the literary scene with Prozac Nation, her memoir of depression. In the duration since she’s become a controversial figure on the periphery of pop culture who has often been considered narcissistic, self-indulgent and even a little crazy. While the author’s focus is herself and the consciousness she can’t placate enough not to have to write, there is something refreshing about her self-steeped candour.

In January 2013, the writer tackled her history in an article for New York magazine with the conspicuous title, “Elizabeth Wurtzel Confronts Her One-Night Stand of a Life”. While easy to read and in her familiar style, one of the criticisms of the article – which lines up with many of the criticisms of the writer – was her gratuitous use of the word “I”; some commenters even resolved to count the number of times it appeared in the length of the article.

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