These people are, by their own description, more or less crazy. Yet authors and publishers seek them out (and perhaps pay them) to critique novels. Major elements of our society have gone mad; the problem is that they insist on taking the rest of us around the bend with them, and we don’t want to go. This dynamic explains much of our 21st century public life, and it largely accounts for the fact that Donald Trump is our president. via www.powerlineblog.com This is the third or fourth time I've seen this story. I guess it's true. I suppose what will happen is that fiction will fragment, with the publishers who screen their novels this way becoming more, uh, specialized. I doubt Hemingway, Faulkner, Dos Passos, and lots of other pretty good novelists would make the cut. That's too bad. Read old novels.
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