Fire the Bastards!

This text -- which excoriates the book-reviewing establishment with healthy indignation -- originally appeared in an underground magazine in 1962, but receives its first book instantiation only now. Keenly dissecting the failure of mainstream critics to appreciate William Gaddis's novel The Recognitions, Jack Green widens his thesis to damn the blindness and conventionality of all arbiters of taste in a blistering, cautionary tale full of meaning for today's publishing scene.

July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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