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.

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

advertisement