The Emperor’s Old Clothes
I’ve added a review to the Essays & Reviews section that I wrote shortly after I discovered B.R. Myers’s A Reader’s Manifesto: An Attack on the Growing Pretentiousness in American Literary Prose a few years after its publication following its appearance in a heavily truncated form in the Atlantic Monthly. It was a breath of fresh air then, and still is, though I’ve had many an argument with people who passionately object to its premise, sometimes even before they have read either the book or the essay. It’s that very passion, so reminiscent of a common religious or political mentality, that suggests to me that Myers, if nothing else, must be onto something. I leave it to you to decide if I’m right.
Happy New Year to all, and thanks again for your interest.