Syphilis

Points to Ayad Akhtar for writing about the time he contracted syphilis and had to contact all his sexual partners.

This part is so graphic, he must be commended for his writerly detachment. It was 2015, btw. In case you were wondering. Self does not care to know about Akhtar’s sexual history, but he writes about it, so now she knows all about Ayad Akhtar’s sexual history. And this book is billed as a novel.

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