Thank heavens Robert Parker has finally come along with this new, unbowdlerized
volume of Jane Schoolcraft's work, which "brings before the public for the first time," he explains in his introduction "Schoolcraft's remarkable body of writing and the fascinating story of her life and work."
It would be a mistake to ascribe this condescension to inexperience, for LaBute has made his estimable career in films and on stage precisely by cultivating this idea of men's inescapable essence, by insisting that his creations are not really creations at all but bravely unbowdlerized
portraits of, as the title of one of his movies has it, "Your Friends & Neighbors." The psychological source of their most vicious thoughts and actions, he insists, is to be sought not in the characters themselves, or even in their creator, but in a self-fulfilling postulate about how men "really" are.