Peter Selgin | Chicago Reader

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Re: “The art of blathering

Myers dares to challenge the puff machine and dedicated worshipers of its received wisdom. The Art of Fielding does indeed have "its flaws," one of which is that it is shallow in the extreme. Which, as the writer here points out, is perfectly okay, except when such a work as touted as an exemplary work of literary fiction. In fact, the mass-trade novels of Stephen King (to pick an obvious example) are far superior. When--for whatever mysterious reasons--blurbists and critics fall all over a mediocrity like T.A.O.F. and say, "This is great literary fiction!" they create many disenchanted readers and reduce the already very small market for such books. I say thank god for Myers who brings a voice of reason and sanity to the game that is literature, which needs good umpires.

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Posted by Peter Selgin on 05/07/2012 at 2:04 AM

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