@Jeremy Mesiano-Crookston Also, if you do know her, write her a note and don't leave her a message about high school and going to law school in the comments here. That is insulting---talking down to her essay with mismanaged points and then smarming it up? Did you think she'd be all "oh hey Jeremy, thanks for explaining how I missed his point, yeah, law school"? Why not just have sent all this to her in a private message on Facebook? No, you had to do it here, where you could try to show her up and undermine her all at the same time. Try reading the Solnit essay sometime she refers to and think about what you're really up to here.
@Jeremy Mesiano-Crookston Well, if we're talking accuracy, you suggest he means the "women's fiction" remark ironically and not condescendingly--and thus not meaning to be misogynistic. But ironic quote marks are also condescending quote marks, as in, "women's fiction, as if". For example, if I were to say 'Well, if we're talking "accuracy"' to you, it would mean I was condescending to you, yes? This is a convention widely understood. It's disingenuous of you to decide he didn't mean it that way in this contest. Why not just say women's fiction, no quote marks? But moreover, why bring it up? Why would he do that? And the answer is in the structure of this badly written review, where he falsely sets himself the pompous task of first deciding Ohlin fails his idea of a male canon and then saying she also fails the female one, as if to say "SO NOW SHE MUST REALLY GO"--and yes, that it is an inherently misogynistic formation to create, that artificial separation. As someone who wrote on Woolf, loves Eliot, Audre Lorde, etc., it's good that you admit woman can occupy the canon. But you seem to switch from that idea to suggesting there's two, one for men, one for women, without noticing the inherent complications--which Dean addresses here. She's not failing in her distinctions. She's made them better than Giraldi did, and she understands him completely.
@Jeremy Mesiano-Crookston I think Michelle got it exactly right, though. She's not misunderstanding him. She's calling him on using the Mavis Gallant reference to disguise what he's up to with the rest of the essay, which is to create a tire necklace denying Ohlin entrance to the world of writers. "Don't think I am a misogynist because come on Alice Munro Mavis Gallant." Doesn't really work that way.
This is tremendous--so clarifying, it was like water after a long thirst.
""Criticism matters as it never did in the past," West wrote, "because of the present pride of great writers." Her argument was that the late-career laziness of George Bernard Shaw and H.G. Wells had to be fought because it threatened to overwhelm their wisdom, not because they needed to be cut out of the club. She also had Mrs. Humphry Ward in her sights, a figure fond of angel-in-the-house model of feminine ambition that was so antithetical to West. (Ward opposed female suffrage.) Yet in West's time, Mrs. Humphry Ward had the respect of intellectual men. In short: West's sights in that essay were set on the powerful. She was not dispatching vitriol to guard already well-defended ramparts. She wanted better discussions, point blank. She was not looking to gratuitously end careers before they'd even taken flight."
@DillyBean Oh, good to know. Thanks. That's too bad for them.
@Rebecca Minnick@facebook We've fixed the location, thanks. As a child, it always confused me that Longfellow Square was not the place where Longfellow house was. My memory of Novare Res is not that it is on the harbor, but I thought I remembered being able to see further. I'm sure it was the beer.
@bzz_bzz Also, yes, Inn at St. John growing up was in tough shape. It's been redone: http://innatstjohn.com/
@bzz_bzz Uh, I struck a spike, while on a sailboat, growing up there. Thanks for the correction about Longfellow books, though. And good to know about the Fort. Benny's is awesome. Fore Street does have a garden as well as sourcing from local farms.
@Ten Thousand Buckets It was in their first catalogues. Perhaps they changed their minds?
@tomme Thanks Tomme. My family's lived in Maine for over 300 years, so, that for your bonafides comment, but yes, I did misspell J's. Thanks. Will fix.