Sweet? Vicious Jane Austen Left Floor Stained With Blood: Books

Reading the critic William Deresiewicz’s takedowns of Susan Sontag, Philip Roth, Richard Powers (the list goes on) is like watching a big-game hunter wield an elephant gun against snorting, charging beasts. You may not approve -- sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t -- but the nerve and expertise are dazzling.

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