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13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley
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Jun 26, 2012

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Smiley writes some pertinent reflections on literature and literary critique, but I found this work to be overwhelming lofty, self-indulgent and rhetorical. She is apparently misinformed about the state of academia and the study of art (ie. interdisciplinary), and a great deal of her ranting more closely resembles stoner diatribe. I appreciate her writing, passions and many of her conclusions; The route to those conclusions seemed disappointingly fraught with her masturbation of misapplied theory.

Caution: Aspiring writers and literary critics can infer some suffocating advice from Thirteen Ways. I advise against reading it.

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