Manhattan broadsheet the New York Observer scored quite the coup this week, signing up author Susan Faludi to take on the controversial new anthology about Hillary Clinton Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary: Reflections By Women Writers. Derided by other critics as narcissistic (among other things), the book is not one of Faludi's favorites either: the feminist pundit describes it as "a good deal of convenient psychologizing, self-absorbed meanderings and unearned snipes" and all but calls it sexist, asking readers to imagine its conceit applied to male writers and a male presidential candidate: "Inside, we would find ruminations on the male candidate's doggy looks and flabby pectorals; musings on such 'revealing' traits as the candidate's lack of interest in backyard grilling, industrial arts and pets... We would hear a great deal about how the candidate made them feel about themselves as men and whether they could see their manhood reflected in the politician's testosterone displays. ... And we would hear virtually nothing about the candidate's stand on political issues."
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