Category: Literary Criticism
Against the Takedown
Some thoughts on negative book reviews.
The Ease of Criticism
Some remarks by Robert Minto on the simplicity of the disposition that lends itself to critical reading and writing.
Beyond the Praise
An appreciation of Daniel Green’s reviews of Anna Burns’ Milkman and David Hayden’s short story collection Darker With the Lights On.
The Songlines and the Songlines
It’s been thirty years since Bruce Chatwin published The Songlines. That’s the kind of anniversary that usually elicits either a renewed celebration and revival of a work or a fresh attempt to boot the author up the arse, a la Nicolas Rothwell upon the publication of Chatwin’s letters. Intriguingly, with consummate skill and nuance, Richard Cooke has…