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To give us a woman as uncontrolled, as objectifying, as narcissistic, as frank, as sex-obsessed, as philosophically, comically mesmerized by their own desires as any of the men dreamed up by Henry Miller, Norman Mailer, D. H. Lawrence, or Philip Roth, was Jong’s great, startling achievement in The Fear of Flying. Isadora Wing is the great- great- great- and so forth granddaughter of Lilith, the long-forgotten ex-wife of Adam, whom one imagines was the true inventor and pioneer of the “zipless fuck.”





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