What’s the good of bad reviews?

First appeared in The Guardian A good drubbing, particularly when it’s available for further discussion in the blogosphere, helps keep us engaged with important debates The internet is a wondrous place where news, even if it isn’t great literature, stays news; a place to access and interact with old facts and arguments in new ways. Here’s what I mean: I’ve been surfing on “literary criticism” recently. Not for Hazlitt, or Coleridge, or Arnold, Woolf or Wilson, although there’s a lot of vintage stuff available, but for a sense of what’s been going on in recent years. As a result I’ve been able not only to read many of the most… Read More

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