Tuesday, September 16, 2003

when the opposition makes the point

From today's New York Times piece on Stephen King getting a
National Book Award for his contribution to American letters:

Told of Mr. King's selection, some in the literary world
responded with laughter and dismay. "He is a man who writes
what used to be called penny dreadfuls," said Harold Bloom,
the Yale professor, critic and self-appointed custodian of
the literary canon. "That they could believe that there is
any literary value there or any aesthetic accomplishment or
signs of an inventive human intelligence is simply a
testimony to their own idiocy."


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