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Monday, April 24, 2006


In his New Republic review of Harold Bloom's Jesus And Yahweh (which he dismisses: Bloom is not a critic anymore but "a populist appreciator" and is only intemittently interesting as a theologian), James Wood says:

"There are certain writers, such as Garry Wills and John Updike, who seem to aspire to a state of continuous publication, as if their readership were constantly reviewing them for tenure...The only way to conduct this kind of permanent revolution of print is to have the word factories ablaze all day and night, and to relish the inevitable duplication and mass production. Thus Updike repackages his writing by collecting his early stories, or by squeezing every last emission of his journalistic work into hardcovers, or by writing fiction that, figuratively speaking, repeats itself. (Villages, which appeared two years ago, is at times almost indistinguishable from at least four or five earlier fictions.) "


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