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Janet MaslinTo capture the spirit of those prefeminist days Ms. Roiphe must put on blinders. She must reduce her own ambitions to only the faintest stirrings, make herself unaware that women's lives were on the brink of drastic change and ditch the disillusionment that her freewheeling sexual abandon eventually created. She must avoid the noxious preening that taints so many memoirs of their authors' misspent youth. And she must write intelligently about a time when, at least in matters of love, sex, marriage, motherhood, career and literary hero worship, she was not very smart at all. Art and Madness accomplishes all this, even if the madness in its title is an exaggeration.
—The New York Times