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Title: The Opinion Pages - NYT
Post by Kevin Cryan on Today at 16:56

Whither the Hatchet Job?

Watching “High Noon” again the other day, I wondered how postwar British culture ever found the strength to continue breathing. America’s global economic clout can be belittled only if you believe that no American cultural product is any good. Since it is undeniable that the occasional American cultural product is marvelous, I was left looking for cultural things that the Americans couldn’t do. The only one I can think of is hostile literary criticism.

America does polite literary criticism well enough. And how: there is a new Lionel Trilling on every campus. But America can’t do the bitchery of British book reviewing and literary commentary.


Whither the Hatchet Job? (http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/01/whither-the-hatchet-job/)

Kevin Cryan

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