June 1, 2011 12:51 PM Subscribe
The public pillorying of Janet Malcolm is one of the scandals of American letters. ... why is it Malcolm, a virtuoso stylist and a subtle, exciting thinker, who drives critics into a rage? What journalist of her caliber is as widely disliked or as often accused of bad faith? And why did so few of her colleagues stand up for her during the circus of a libel trial that scarred her career? In the animus toward her there is something almost personal.
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Though nowhere near representative of her best work, you can read online Malcolm's essays on J.D. Salinger
, Gertrude Stein
, and the Gossip Girl books