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By: Stefanie

Sun, 17 Jun 2007 23:48:39 +0000

BJ, I find, too, that the great literary critics don't tell a reader what to think but open up the text for the reader to find all kinds of interesting things in it. So I found Birkerts' thoughts on this a little odd. I'd be interested to know what your conclusions on the book are.

By: BJ

Sat, 16 Jun 2007 08:14:42 +0000

I enjoy reading the great literary critics, like Edmund Wilson (I'm also reading two current bios of him by Dabney and Meyer). I don't feel he's telling me what to think. I haven't finished the Gutenberg Elegies but I find in it a lot I agree with...

By: Stefanie

Thu, 14 Jun 2007 00:03:48 +0000

Rod, I'm right there with you, nodding my head in agreement. Litlove, you are right, times do change and just as literature evolves, so too much the criticism of it. Verbivore, in spite of his negativity I enjoyed the book and am glad he asked the questions he did. Dorothy, those happy golden ages, I share you skepticism. Ask the people living in the supposed golden age about things and they'd probably look at you like you had two heads. LK, I think you are right that literature is in a transition period. We have a choice of looking at the exciting possibilites or saying nothing could be as good as what has already been written. I like to think about the possibilities.

By: LK

Wed, 13 Jun 2007 22:37:11 +0000

Interesting! It's really fasincating, how we view technology: Seems it's the great savior or the great villain, depending on who you talk to. What that says to me is that literature in particular is in a sort of transition period--I predict "the novel" is going to undergo some transformation (most likely in its form), surrounding this question of technological influence.

By: Dorothy W.

Wed, 13 Jun 2007 16:38:24 +0000

I'm very suspicious of any talk of a "golden age." "Golden ages" are myths! It seems to me that there ARE people reading and writing good criticism, and if the larger culture isn't paying a whole lot of attention, I don't think the larger culture has ever paid a whole lot of attention. That's not to say he doesn't have some good points, but I doubt some of the more extreme claims he makes.