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Reliable Essays by Clive James
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it was amazing
Read 2 times. Last read November 2014.

Mostly haute subjects for once, but always bas on bs.

He: brags about having spotted Heaney very early, points out the fatal ideological flaws in both Mailer and Greer, fiercely challenges translations from the Italian, the Russian, the German; summarises every major photography book of the late 70s; shows that liberalism and classicism remain standing, “less bad than all the others” even after the sustained insult of C20th Theory; and some other such generalist feats.

The last two section titles – “Almost Literature” and “Practically Art” – are scale models of both his style and his critical mission: to raise the foully sunken, or shield the great assailed.

Skip it, but only because you should be reading the full New Essays series these essays are lifted from.

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November, 2014 – Finished Reading
June 24, 2018 – Shelved

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