Book Review: Revolutions, Essays on Contemporary Canadian Fiction, by Alex Good

There are two premises to this book of essays: first, crudely put, no-one gives a shit about Canadian novels, and second, they’re no good anyway. Now that I think about it, there’s a third, and it’s the most problematic: the reason Canadian fiction is no … Continue readingBook Review: Revolutions, Essays on Contemporary Canadian Fiction, by Alex Good

Netherland, Lyrical Realism, and the flip flops of Zadie Smith

In a recent article entitled ‘Two Paths for the Novel’, Zadie Smith praises what requires criticism, and criticizes what deserves praise; erects straw men in order, simply, to blow them over, and presents arguments, which, when valid, are so for the wrong reasons. Her thinking … Continue readingNetherland, Lyrical Realism, and the flip flops of Zadie Smith