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I think you're spot on in your observations. In some ways I've moved back toward the optative mood (Emerson). The more I look around the more I'm convinced that people are waking up and noticing the power of language, of fiction, of poetry, of the sheer power and wonder of where words take us. It's amazing that the media of the web has opened things up for many of the third world countries as well in ways that have yet to be bargained into the literary matrix.

I think back on my own journey and the helpmeets like Samuel Johnson, William Hazlitt, Walter Pater, Northrup Frye, Harold Bloom, Wimsatt, and a ton of other literary critics who organized my reading habits in ways that still keep me going strong.

These great bibliophiles gave us a love of language and of its magic for shaping who and what we are, and time and again I find the young generation is returning to these worlds without the academic guides because the academy betrayed itself and turned literature into politics, psychology, sociology, power and knowledge, pomo, etc. etc. rather than just good old books that must be confronted on their own terms.

I'm sure you must see this too. I see an optimistic flair in your voicing... good for you! Good to see a great critic plying his trade. Added a link to you... I'll come back and spend a little more time on your site.


I rather like "good new books" as well, however.

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  • Daniel Green is a literary critic and sometime fiction writer. His reviews, critical essays, and fiction have appeared in a variety of publications, both online and in print. He has a Ph.D focusing on postwar American fiction and an M.A. in creative writing.

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