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.

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:


  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. 😀

  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

Trackback URI | Comments RSS

Leave a Reply