Daniel Mendelsohn on Dale Peck

Daniel Mendelsohn examines Dale Peck’s critical approach — and to some extent, his fiction — for The New York Review of Books. While Mendelsohn applauds Peck’s “ferocious sense of humour” (suprising, “given the dourness of Peck’s fiction”), his stylishness, intelligence, and acuity, and his freedom from “political (or policitially correct) agendas” he laments his tendency to “overkill,” his “cheap ad hominem attacks” and his “failure to provide a positive picture of what he wants writing to be.” In the very last section of the article, however, Mendelsohn arrives at a conclusion that I find slightly disturbing — it seems to me that Mendelsohn shares some of the sentiments Stanley Crouch was overheard expounding recently. Mendelsohn’s just managed to dress them up in fancier language.

Thanks to Sean Carman for the link.


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