The Chihuahua Critique

What is it like? It is like being urinated on by a small dog.*

Someone using Google would have little difficulty locating a blog post from yesteryear in which Ed Champion indicated that he admired my work. If I remember correctly it situated me alongside John Leonard in that regard. That was a bit excessive, and I have no difficulty imagining how my fellow Olympian would have laughed at it.

If memory also serves, all of this was before an election to the board of directors of the  National Book Critics Circle in which both Champion and McLemee were candidates.

That is not to say the rant reflects the outcome of that election. I'm just, you know, situating things in a chronology.

One other thing, regarding time. I find it very easy to go for months at a stretch without so much as remembering that Ed Champion exists, let alone thinking about him, much less reading him.

The converse does not appear to be the case.

* On reflection, there is another analogy. Ed Champion is the Rupert Pupkin of American literary journalism. This was like being an imaginary guest on his talk show.
December 7, 2009 7:30 AM | | Comments (3)

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I am impressed that Ed's copy of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations contains one from W.E.B. DuBois. Now if only he knew that the Summers-West thing happened at Harvard, not Princeton.

I have read Ed's blog for some time. It would be not so much improved with electroshock as cured by it.

I've heard from a couple of people who have submitted comments there. For some reason they have not been posted yet. Let's just say that serious people can disagree with Champion's assessment. (It is doubtless true that I am a middle-aged guy and have no degrees, yet for some reason I am invited to give papers at academic conferences, which is not the sort of thing that happens very often with people from my sub-sub-demographic.) It will be interesting to see if any of those comments actually go up.

The reference to Rupert Pupkin feels so very apt that I am not entirely confident that I am not quoting somebody without remembering the source. All the more so given that the line popped into my head before having a cup of coffee.

Some literary blogger should look into this. Who was the first person to notice the resemblance?

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