The Critic as Novelist.

For someone who writes both criticism and fiction (well, little book reviews and short stories), I found this discussion about critics as novelists and novelists as critics probing. Daniel Mendelsohn, whose work in the New Yorker I often enjoy, discusses how bad a novelist the brilliant Susan Sontag was: The tools of the critic are, in fact, precisely […]

A Year in Reviews.

Two-thousand and twelve was the year I first began “reviewing” books. I confess to always being reluctant to review, unsure of being judgmental—if we are not supposed to judge other human beings too quickly, as seems to be some part of a lesson of many works of art, and if Auden is right when he […]