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The Atlantic interviews B.R. Myers (author of A Reader's Manifesto (which is also excerpted here)):
Though readers don't tend to get much pleasure from the books that are selected for literary stardom, they usually wrongly attribute the problem to themselves, Myers explains, assuming that if a critically celebrated work fails to speak to them, it must point to their own lack of taste or limited understanding. Compounding the problem, he argues, is the fact that today's critics — most of whom are novelists themselves — try to foster the idea that good writing is recognizable to sophisticated literary connoisseurs but is beyond the ken of ordinary folk.
(With thanks to TMN.)
October 4, 2002 12:25 PM
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