“Did you ever notice that women can seem ‘common,’ while men never do. You won’t ever hear anyone describe a man’s appearance as ‘common.’ The Common Man means the average man. The typical man. A decent hard-working person of modest dreams and resources. A common woman is a woman who looks cheap. A woman who looks cheap doesn’t have to be respected. And so she has a certain value. A certain cheap value.”

— Rachel Kushner, The Mars Room

Still in Chapter one of the audiobook, read by the author, but so far I am loving this book. I had to stop and share this passage. It’s one of those “I can’t believe I never thought about that before” moments that now I can’t stop thinking about. -ag