Happy to add a link to Contra James Wood, where political connections and ideological subtexts I've noted in previous posts... more subtle with Woods than the more obviously bought-and-paid-for Myers, but disturbingly obvious, are exposed.
Edmond Caldwell's critiques are precise and on target.
This is the literary axillary of the New Liberalism, the failed ideology of "The End of History."
I've been ranting about this for more than 25 years, since Hilton Kramer left the New York Times for the New Criterion.
These are critics for whom literature comes second, governed by their reluctance to acknowledge writers they fear might undermine the power elite whose world view they believe artists are obligated to serve.