Re: RARA-AVIS: snotty comments about Chandler and detective fiction

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 15 Jul 2000


<<A recent mandarin, Jacques Barzun, seems to echo it in his magisterial-appearing _From Dawn to Decadence_.>>

Barzun is great at savaging anything he puts his mind to. However, his targets are not always well chosen, or relevant to contemporary society. Thus, while his criticism of education is corrosively on target, his disquisitions on what is and is not good literature (or literature, period) can be surprisingly uninformed and even stupid. Still, a guy with such a reservoir of acid is always worth reading -- a master of invective.



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