Containing Multitudes Since 2004
Literary cat-fights are fun. Honest.
They sure are. And that one was so good even Norman Mailer, himself no stranger to literary feudin', jumped in with both feet.I think it's a measure of how this society has declined that writers today don't get into these wars. The most recent was almost ten years ago; when Mailer, John Updike and John Irving (old timers all) decided to beat up on poor Tom Wolfe for writing a novel people not only bought, but read.
My hope is literary spats that do happen - I have faith in the monumental egos of even the least of scribes, so they will happen - are as entertaining as the Feuding-Norse-God - like affairs that we've enjoyed in the past. Great hammer blows, and bellowing invective will be de rigeur.
Well, don't blame James Wolcott. He's doing his part in fanning the embers of lit-fighting in his extremely entertaining article demanding that "Jonathan Franzen must be stopped": http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=20021202&s=wolcott120202
Isn't that Lillian Hellman
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