May 08, 2015
Critic Criticizes Critics

“It will thus be seen that the author has no justification for expecting serious criticism from reviewers, and that, in becoming elated or indignant over anything that is written about his books, he is wasting his nervous energy. His reviews, if he knows how to read them, may have for the author a certain interest; but he will not be able to find out from them very much about the value of his work. For this he will have to depend on other sources, such as remarks made in casual conversation and evidences of his effect on other writers — always bearing in mind, however, that the true excellence or badness of what he has written may never really be grasped during his lifetime — a hazard for which we must all be prepared. And in the meantime he should read his reviews, not as the verdict of a Supreme Court of critics, but as a collection of opinions by persons of various degrees of intelligence who have happened to have some contact with his book. Considered from this point of view, there is occasionally something to be learned from them.”

…Edmund Wilson


Posted by Jerome Doolittle at May 08, 2015 03:03 PM
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I'm going to throw you a curveball and send you an interview of someone who admired one Senator Norris, who because we know who admired him, we thought we share that interview of one whose writing one mentioned in a Christmas message on this very blog as being sights and sounds that were odious by one of those fellow admirers of Senator Norris. But perhaps you didn't realize the man was, as every good citizen who has lived in the land of Bad Attitudes is, a radical. So perhaps you may enjoy hearing Senator Norris's name mentioned by a fellow radical. Perhaps not. We just remember a time when this gentleman named after one of the United States was housed in the same retirement community and had he not gone gaga already, this writer would have met him as a friend of one of our relatives. In case you or yours want to hear someone praise Senator Norris. Unfortunately that group of folks ran all their radicals off and are somewhat politically unpopular in certain quarters. But don't tell my wife I'm sending you information about such radical persons that were once members, like Albert Jay Nock, of a party of a different color. Maybe one day they will start back up that antitrust division, which we so badly need these days.

Posted by: BP on May 8, 2015 7:08 PM

More for Mr. Royster, some of which seems to no longer be the radical ideology of what is now no longer the antiwar party.

Posted by: BP on May 8, 2015 7:43 PM

But the real story is related to the National Institute of Health's Nuremberg Code and violations in our state.

Posted by: BP on May 9, 2015 12:55 AM

So if Vermont Royster was a radical, as he said, and he supported Senator Norris, who we who is related to the late Republican Senator Norris, and since Senator Norris was a New Dealer, does that make Vermont Royster a New Dealer too? Elucidate us oh wise one, who knows more about Senator Norris than we here ever will. I wonder what Ruperb would say

Posted by: BP on May 16, 2015 2:00 AM
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