Thursday, June 27, 2013

Why Readers Disagree by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

Why Readers Disagree by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

Why Readers Disagree

Tim Parks


'In a world comparatively at peace now, Mr. Balfour tackles Benedetto Croce.'

“I love the new DeLillo.”
“And I hate it.”
It’s a familiar conversation: like against dislike with no possible resolution. Or alternatively: “I can’t see why Freedom upsets you so much. I didn’t like it either, but who cares?” Interest against disinterest; as when your wife/brother/friend/colleague raves about some Booker or Pulitzer winner and you feel vaguely guilty. “Sure,” you agree, “great writing, intriguing stuff.” But the truth is you just couldn’t find the energy to finish the book.

Read More

Search This Blog

Literary Blogs

Journal and Press Blogs

  • Archie and Bill O'Reilly – together at last.
    2 days ago
  • Male critics have long expounded a literary canon that mirrors their own lives. Such narrow reading is not restricted to men, but their example is a caut...
    2 days ago
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Official Trailer (HBO) Rebecca Skloot’s nonfiction book *The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks* (Crown Publishing Gr...
    2 days ago
  • M. is reading a biography of Allen Ginsberg (Dharma Lion by Michael Schumacher), which got us talking about Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. We started wat...
    6 days ago
  • The 2017 Tomaž Šalamun Prize is open for entries until July 15, 2017. $500 + chapbook published by Factory Hollow Press + one-month residency in Ljubljana...
    3 weeks ago
  • I don’t like jazz. Therefore, I had immediate misgivings when confronted with the pastel-painted jazz scene adorning the cover of Hannah Lowe’s latest coll...
    3 weeks ago
  • That scene in The Wizard of Oz where the farmhouse is spinning through the sepia-coloured sky (2:25 below). Dorothy lies concussed inside then wakes to loo...
    3 months ago
  • Poetry: Jennifer LoveGrove: JENNIFER LOVEGROVE is the author of the Giller Prize longlisted novel Watch How We Walk, as well as two poetry collections: I ...
    4 months ago
  • Carmine Starnino Robert Moore Nyla Matuk Monarch Tavern
    6 months ago
  • After some legal wrangling, a letter from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac will be offered at auction.
    11 months ago

Prose Blogs