Sunday, September 20, 2009
Review of All Screwed Up by Steve Fellner
Adopted as an infant, Fellner always knew he was poor. But it would be inaccurate to characterize his family as dysfunctional. The roles of the children were well and clearly defined, as were those of the parents. They did not, however, always play those roles to the best of their abilities. Dad was a philanderer; mom was a recovering alcoholic, crazy and brilliant in equal measure; and young Steve always knew he was gay. He presents the family unit as a paradigm of slovenly, lower-class obesity in the ubiquitous sweatpants-and-sweatshirt style of the Midwest.