Thingish Things

Return of the Ellen Jamesians?

In John Irving’s The World According to Garp, a group of fanatical feminists called “The Ellen Jamesians” have their tongues surgically excised to protest the sexual assault and tongue removal of a young girl names Ellen James. (Toward the end of the book, James herself asks T.S. Garp, the book’s eccentric protagonist, to help make the Ellen Jamesians stop.) It […]

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