Michael Chabon on golems

Perhaps you’ve heard of the talk Michael Chabon gave at a Nextbook event, called “Golems I Have Known. or, Why My Elder Son’s Middle Name is Napoleon.” There seems to be confusion about whether Paul Maliszewski, writing for Bookforum, misunderstood Chabon’s message, accurately described its outrageous message, or deliberately misconstrued it in order to stir up outrage (I guess). Regardless, you can hear the message yourself on Nextbook’s site. Nextbook’s Matthew Brogan says the message was not serious. “Chabon’s talk exhibits all the hallmarks of a tall tale, with the author signaling to the audience at every turn that the narrator is not to be completely trusted.”