End of the World

In my last post I briefly mocked Harold Bloom for predicting the end of good literature. To some extent I just wanted to make a pun on his name (“Harold of the Apocalypse”), but I also think that doomsaying is fascinating phenomenon while simultaneously a sort of cognitive fallacy. Whether people predict the whole kit […]

The Quality of Writing

In 2003, a surprisingly short decade ago, the National Book Foundation gave the award for “distinguished contribution” to Stephen King. Harold Bloom, the well-known literary critic and professor, was so infuriated that he wrote a the column in the Boston Globe decrying the “Dumbing Down of American Readers.” Now its easy for me to call […]