RE: RARA-AVIS: IN THE HAND OF DANTE, Nick Tosches 2002: Robison

From: Todd Mason (
Date: 11 Nov 2003

-----Original Message----- From: Michael Robison [mailto:]
 Nevertheless, the book appears to suffer from excesses and a lack of self-discipline. In particular, a long harangue against the publishing industry from one of the characters is of questionable value. Is Tosches merely portraying a character's obsession, or is it egotistical self-indulgence.

Occupational hazard...Tosches is out of the New Journalism/hippie (or so) rock criticism nexus. None of these overlapping fields are well known for concision or adherence to verisimilitudinous structure when a rant or musing can be tucked in. TM

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