A vigorous case for the virtues of old-fashioned literary criticism. --The New York Times
Literate, original, conversational, witty, allusive, written for an educational general reader. --National Public Radio
Krystal makes a vigorous case for the virtues of old-fashioned literary criticism, twitting the navel gazers of 'creative nonfiction,' which he dismisses as just a fancy word for memoir. . . Krystal ranges widely, taking on subjects ranging from the typewriter to boxing, and he's not afraid of weighty topics: he slogs through the notebooks of Paul Valéry, ponders different theories of beauty and offers a defense of the seven deadly sins. --Matthew Price, New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Arthur Krystal is a full-time essayist, part-time editor, and sometime screenwriter. He has edited Jacques Barzun's The Culture We Deserve and A Company of Readers, a selection of essays written by Barzun, W.H. Auden, and Lionel Trilling for The Readers' Subscription and Mid-Century Book Clubs. Krystal's own reviews and essays have appeared in The American Scholar, Harper's, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, The Washington Post Book World, The Times Literary Supplement, Sports Illustrated, and Arts & Antiques.
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