Re: [GAdetection] National Book Award
- Barry wrote:
> Not everyone agrees.That a contemporary Yale University professor still believes in hierarchy of
> "He is a man who writes what used to be called penny dreadfuls,"
> Yale University professor Harold Bloom told the New York
> Times. "That they could believe that there is any literary value
> there or any aesthetic accomplishment or signs of an inventive human
> intelligence is simply a testimony to their own idiocy."
genres and so dismisses an author because of the kind of books he writes, is
really a testimony to his own colossal academic idiocy.
> I'm not among the hardcore Stephen King cognoscenti, but I've readWhether one likes him or not, King is a very distinctive author, and his
> enough of his work to know that, generally speaking, what he writes
> effectively fulfills its purpose. The fact that the award pissed off
> Harold Bloom makes my smile widen. Until I saw this article, I was
> unaware that Ray Bradbury had also received the award. It should give
> additional hope to both readers and writers to know that some out
> there aren't discriminating against certain kinds of fiction just
> because they're marketed according to genre.
later books can't be regarded only as "penny dreadfuls". I'm glad a genre
writer assuming his status gets recognition from mainstream pundits, as it
could mean the walls are falling down.