On Canceling Writers

While certain writers or texts might fall afoul of polite society today, great writing can and will never stay canceled.

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The status of literary reputation is in a funny place. On the one hand, we inhabit a necrophiliac literary culture. Lost classics, never-before-translated classics, and unjustly forgotten geniuses are exhumed every month, and laurels are placed on their authors’ skeletons. “The proper response to this is surely celebration,” the critic Madeleine Schwartz wrote in a […]

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