Charles McNair on Literary Criticism

March 5, 2012

As the Books Editor of Paste Magazine, and a Pulitizer Prize-nominated novelist himself, Charles McNair cares deeply about what we read.  But McNair is concerned that Americans are only reading a handful of writers, thanks to what he calls a kind of geographic hegemony of taste-making.  In other words - we're all reading the same books because a handful of respected critics on the East and West coasts tell us to.  He's out to change that.  

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Mr. McNair's thoughts on geography, great writing and the role of luck and others are insightful. I stayed in the South because it's warmer. That seems to me an inherently good reason to locate here and stay here. Creative writing abounds here. I hope his voice is heard.

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