Another misguided soul

May 5th, 2008

Well, we have here yet another Literary Believer, apparently, who doesn’t understand why the general disrespect of genre annoys us all so much. It’s a review of a new Michael Chabon collection of essays.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/05/02/RVHDVM6J8.DTL&type=books

The reviewer professes to be bewildered by Chabon’s aggressive defense of genre because after all, Chabon himself is highly regarded, so why is he “fighting stale battles” ? Not so stale to the rest of us . . . Three cheers for Michael Chabon, say I, and let’s hope this reviewer eventually gets a clue from someone nicer than I.

5 Responses to “Another misguided soul”

  1. Maryon 06 May 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Good point.

    But I had trouble with the link. Let’s try this:

    this.

  2. Katharine Kerron 07 May 2008 at 1:07 am

    Mary, that works! Thank you very much for fixing it.

  3. Maryon 07 May 2008 at 7:06 pm

    You’re welcome.

    And now I’ve gotten the book out of the library. :D

  4. Maryon 08 May 2008 at 6:01 pm

    I’ve read the first essay.

    I will say that if you are familiar with the genre, you have probably heard the argument before — it is, after all, an old theme — but OTOH they are still addressing a valid point, and he puts it very well.

  5. shannonon 09 May 2008 at 11:12 am

    I love Michael Chabon! I had no idea about this book,
    thanks for drawing my attention to it. Can’t wait to read
    it!

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