Mean Reading

By posted at 12:15 pm on June 4, 2012 1

In the current issue of Tin House Robin Romm has a very compelling essay on the value of mean-spirited judgement in our novels, especially as empathy becomes reified into fiction’s greatest gift and virtue, or even treated as a therapeutic offering.

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  1. Tom Beshear
    at 1:15 pm on June 4, 2012

    Much of the “empathy” in modern fiction (and the old stuff, come to think of it) is just sentimentality dressed up in pretty prose.

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