by Mark Athitakis | Sep-04-2012
We can’t enter the fall without at least two more essays about the role of the critic and the obligation to be unflinchingly honest: Daniel Mendelsohn’s “A Critic’s Manifesto” at the New Yorker’s Page-Turner blog and David L. Ulin’s “For a Critic, Niceness Is Beside the Point,” at the Los Angeles Times.
Parul Sehgal reviews Martin Amis’ novel Lionel Asbo: State of England for NPR.org.
Michelle Bailat-Jones reviews John Colman Wood’s novel The Names of Things for Necessary Fiction.
Michael O’Donnell reviews Joseph Crespino’s Strom Thurmond’s America for the Washington Monthly.
Walton Muyumba reviews Victor LaValle’s novel, The Devil in Silver, for the Dallas Morning News.
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