Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.
“The reason Trilling matters now has less to do with his status as the saint of liberalism—a troubled status, at best; like Arnold, Trilling had a love/hate relationship with the liberal tradition—than with his doggedness in proclaiming the primacy of literature as a means of ascertaining the individual and the individual’s relation to society.”
To have great literary critics is to have great advocates of literature.
“I found myself talking about the novel obsessively with my husband, who hadn’t even read it, which makes me think it would be an excellent choice for book clubs.”
You win a Pulitzer prize, you get to tell me about your favorite book of 2011.
“A sigh is just a sigh, but anyone who has ever been in love knows how important it is to distinguish between when she sighs happily and when she sighs otherwise.”
I vigorously nod.