A Short History Of Book Reviewing's Long Decline
: 'By the time of the first quote “book-review,” criticism had been in circulation for centuries—long enough for writers to know how it can sting. Understandably, then, the critic’s skepticism of an artist's genius has invariably existed alongside the artist's doubt over the critic's judgment.' [more inside]
The epidemic of mental illness plaguing the Americans and the overmedication of psychiatric patients are in part artifacts of the diagnostic method
. [more inside]
Mr. Hargreaves takes us on a Jungian journey to the integrated self.
A series of entertaining Amazon reviews written by
Hamilton Richardson for the Mr. Men classic library.
Martha Nussbaum reviews
three recent books on Shakespeare and philosophy. The essay offers an excellent analysis of love in Antony and Cleopatra
, and an excellent discussion of the interaction between philosophy and literature. [more inside]
Oh God, please never let the NYT review of my latest novel never start like this: Every few years, as a reviewer, one encounters a novel whose ineptitudes are so many in number, and so thoroughgoing, that to explain them fully would produce a text that exceeded the novel itself in both length and interest.
Lately it seems the book reviewers at the NYT--including Michiko Kakutani, on Jonathan Franzen's latest
("Just why anyone would be interested in pages and pages about this unhappy relationship or the self-important and self-promoting contents of Mr. Franzen’s mind remains something of a mystery"
)--have been pulling out all the stops. Poor Irvine Welsh (?).