Friday, July 16, 2004

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There seem to be two major dicussions going on in the literary world right now: The National Endowment for the Arts' report on the decline in reading among U.S. adults and whether Dale Peck is a total jackass. (Actually, discussion may not be the right word. There seems to be a general consensus that the NEA report is sobering, if not unexpected, and that Mr. Peck is indeed a jackass.)

In lieu of much in the way of additional insights, here are a slew of links. (Thanks mostly to Arts & Letters Daily)

No More Reading?

Harold Bloom in the LA Times

Charles Taylor wonders what the big deal is in Salon

Dale Peck

Laura Miller's quite good essay on Dale Peck and James Wood in Salon.

Daniel Mendelsohn on Dale Peck in the New York Review of Books.

John Leonard on Dale Peck's Hatchet Jobs in the New York Times Book Review.

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