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

Book Review: The Irresponsible Self, by James Wood

“A genre is hardening. It is becoming possible to describe today’s ‘big, ambitious novel.’ Familial resemblances are asserting themselves, and a parent can be named: Dickens.” — James Wood, “Hysterical Realism.” “A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism. All the powers of … Continue readingBook Review: The Irresponsible Self, by James Wood