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January 24, 2007

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Stephen

Alas, Mary McCarthy has all but fallen below the critical radar lately. I think she was better in the 1940s and 1950s with books like The Company She Keeps and The Groves of Academe, but The Group is still pretty good. I especially liked the extended comparison between breast feeding techniques and Republican laissez-faire vs. Democratic New Deal economic policies.

a very public sociologist

As coincidence would have it, I'm reading The Custom of the Country at the moment too. What do you think to it?

John Thomas McGuire


Mary McCarthy reminds me of Gore Vidal: excellent essayists of considerable wit who cannot create memorable characters in their fiction. Not to say that their books don't possess lasting value (wit and erudition do go a long way), but their characters usually slip quickly from your mind after finishing their novels.

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