The L.A. Review of Books is tetchy, they write me that they will never publish a single letter from me, Tom Lutz does, this for the following, specific as compared to the more general, critique of mine:
On Sun, May 15, 2011 at 1:45 PM, mikerol <email@example.com> wrote:
It is apparent from David Shields ramble that there is someone although he teaches writing has no sense of a writers b r e a t h i n g, or rhythm, or of deep syntax, or the rejuvination effected through estrangement, say Handke's ABSENCE which puts you into the state of being experiencing a film, and which has the loudest tank in the world --, or the magicking that can be achieved by making a reader experience the world anew through words... alas, there is someone who will go chasing from one Magruder film after another. No wonder David, as he wrote me several times, is not interested in any of the many things that Handke's work has availed his readers. Or a more materilistic use of language.Domage, "sing sorrow" David is stuck in the whirligig of his brain.
Mike, please ask someone at the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society to explain projection to you, and how it might apply to your last phrase in particular. We are printing a number of letters to the editor. We will never, never, never publish one from you, and I am adding you to our spam filter--go harass someone else. Tom
Having read most of what has been published
so far during its first two months in the on-line
LA REVIEW OF BOOKS
has published so far I am fairly underwhelmed...
but struck, in particular, by the persistent insularity of this new venture...
as though Mexican literature were not next door
not to speak of the literature of the many
language ghettos that I came to know during
my eight years in that region
FARSI, KOREAN, CHINESE, PASHTUN, JAPANESE,
ARABIC, etc. etc.
and by the persistent interest
in suchwell-shelled nuts as Marylin Monroe, the Mitford, Keith Richard, and I could go atconsiderable length... and in having its say on matters that have been raked to death...
and so far I havent come one a single new voice
"Chicquita abracas a todos"