Mix Tape: Literary Crimes

Andrew Scott responds to the “ladder-climbing” and “posturing” behind nasty reviews and other writer-on-writer crimes. When an English professor wrote to Flannery O’Connor and asked her to explain one of her short stories, he deserved this response, which includes: “If teachers…

Mix Tape: Cover Me

Is social media turning readers into yes-men/women? If you follow “the literary Twitter- or blogospheres, you’ll be positively besieged by amiability, by a relentless enthusiasm that might have you believing that all new books are wonderful and that every writer…

Mix Tape: Poetry Gold (and Silver…and Bronze)

Has poetry changed the world? Has increasing literacy been at all responsible for decreasing brutality—and, if so, “what attributes of literature can explain this? Three come immediately to mind: its invitation to empathy, its reliance on deliberative thought, and its…

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