Beyond the Blurb: On Critics and Criticism. Published by Cow Eye Press

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Quite a late comment, I know. The thing about this collection is that it is just that, a collection. I do believe this "warning" is given in the preface. I enjoyed it like I enjoy the not-so-great outtakes of my favorite bands. I think with this collection one regards the author more than the work. I think it is a great collection for people who are fans of John Updike, rather than people who enjoy his work. I am a fan of Updike because of his work, but to separate him from it and not consider those thoughts and exercises that formed and narrowed his great works is to look through the very dull glasses of a pedant. In short, I give the book-as a whole- 100 thumbs up!

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