Sunday, October 21, 2007

Reviewers, Bought-and-Paid-For: Carlin Romano--again

An eyeopener--this is not just about Junot Diaz' book--but how establishment reviewers prostitute themselves to the "market." Check out the discussion in the comments on Reading Experience.

If you want to address the literary/aesthetic qualities, then do so!

To foreground the ethnic subject matter-and then claim, by innuendo, that the book wouldn't stand up to higher level critical standards--without explaining how or why... stupefying!

The mendacity!

That someone like Romano is the bought-and-paid for "book critic" of a major newspaper says everything you need to know about the "authority" of mainstream critical journalism.

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