J. Gordon Smith on literary fiction

Literary fiction is the fancy wine of the publishing world. The grapes have to struggle against chalky soil and harsh hot days with chilly nights. And then there is the two-buck-chuck blind taste off and what do we have? Or the incident where French and American wines were blind taste tested by French reviewers and the American wines won.

J. Gordon Smith, on The Passive Voice


  1. would be nice if we could arrange such a blind test, but the small problem is that the dragons in the middle of the garden patch do reveal that we are no longer in the fields we know, and so tell them how to evaluate it.

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