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"“That the purport of [Lethem’s] themes don’t go much beyond surface satire is in its favour, as we aren’t subjected to...the tedium the exploration of “ideas” in fiction usually entails.” A limiting view of innovation/exploration/new ways of seeing the old. The ‘novel of ideas’ de-emphasises character (let alone plot), which Green acknowledges as motive for writers attempting to push the envelope." May 16, 2015 08:26PM

 
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"Nicolas Tredell: If the surname, rhyming with Astair and debonair, seems to suggest an assured performer, it is also a homophone of 'dare'...these elements are active in Adair's novels...he is the postmodernist par excellence, the maestro of style" May 09, 2015 02:24AM

 
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"It was impossible not to get on with Jim, Ted would say, he was so affadaptable, and euphoric to the point, sometimes, of imbecility, perhaps as a result of graduating in Business English and Human Relations in a School of Management run on American lines." Apr 25, 2014 06:07AM

 

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Fionnuala is on page 120 of 238 of Verbivoracious Festschrift Volume Three: Stephen Moore in an essay about Alexander Theroux, speaks of a performance piece of writing and it strikes me that the Syllabus is chockfull of performance pieces. It's like being at a literary festival, loads of events, loads of variety, something for every one in the audience...
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“Outside of the dreary rubbish that is churned out by god knows how many hacks of varying degrees of talent, the novel is, it seems to me, a very special and rarefied kind of literary form, and was, for a brief moment only, wide-ranging in its sociocultural influence. For the most part, it has always been an acquired taste and it asks a good deal from its audience. Our great contemporary problem is in separating that which is really serious from that which is either frivolously and fashionably "radical" and that which is a kind of literary analogy to the Letterman show. It's not that there is pop culture around, it's that so few people can see the difference between it and high culture, if you will. Morton Feldman is not Stephen Sondheim. The latter is a wonderful what-he-is, but he is not what-he-is-not. To pretend that he is is to insult Feldman and embarrass Sondheim, to enact a process of homogenization that is something like pretending that David Mamet, say, breathes the same air as Samuel Beckett. People used to understand that there is, at any given time, a handful of superb writers or painters or whatever--and then there are all the rest. Nothing wrong with that. But it now makes people very uncomfortable, very edgy, as if the very idea of a Matisse or a Charles Ives or a Thelonious Monk is an affront to the notion of "ain't everything just great!" We have the spectacle of perfectly nice, respectable, harmless writers, etc., being accorded the status of important artists...Essentially the serious novelist should do what s/he can do and simply forgo the idea of a substantial audience.”
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“Then sir, you may say so. The ruder you are, the more the editors will be delighted.”

“But it is my own opinions which I wish to make better known, not other people's.”

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“Hmm,” said Mr Norrell thoughtfully, “you may be right. But, no. It would seem as if I were lending support to what ought never to have been published in the first place.”
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