Remainders

  • From the annotated table of contents of n+1‘s third issue, out now:

    Under conditions of the reading crisis, everything a writer does, no matter how self-serving and reprehensible, becomes a blow in the service of literature. If ‘books’ are ‘good,’ as the mantra goes, you don’t have to face how good or bad your book actually is.

  • Melville and Twain: “they anticipated what Walker Percy called the great secret of the 20th century: ‘only the haters seem alive.’ And they produced America’s greatest novels: ‘Moby-Dick’ and ‘Huckleberry Finn.'”

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