Marcus in Conversation Reviewed

Greg Cwik in PopMatters is less wowed by Marcus the conversationalist than by Marcus the writer:

“Marcus talks about his initial involvement with FSM [Free Speech Movement], his waning interest, and, as seen above, his eventual disillusion, but none of this is told fervidly. It’s maybe the most revealing of the interviews in the collection, though it sometimes drags. Seeing Marcus in the context of the FSM illuminates bits of his personal history that have been mostly veiled in shadow. Kitchell asks about Marcus’ personal thesis on the struggle of criticism, but Marcus never answers the question, and the interview ends with, ‘Yeah, it’s fun to talk…’ [Ellipsis his.]”