Friday, June 22, 2012

Quotation Of The Day: Guilty Pleasure Reading Edition

Gary Gutting looks at guilty pleasure reading:
Fans of popular genres implicitly recognize this when they insist that their favorite books deserve the same sort of detailed attention we give to canonical classics.  That’s why we find Library of America editions and articles in professional journals on writers like Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and H. P. Lovejoy.  Sometimes the attention is misplaced, and the high-powered analysis is more a matter of reading into the text than extracting from it.  But the sign of a superior text of whatever genre is its ability to continue rewarding—with pleasure—those who work to uncover its riches.
Gutting may be too dismissive of Chandler whose The Big Sleep is every bit the equal of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, a book beloved by English teachers across the nation.

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