On BookTV today, they had a panel of book reviewers at Yale. David Bromwich and Charles McGrath appeared to be the most informed and interesting of the group (Francine Prose, Daniel Mendelsohn, and Judith Shulevitz). Although McGrath seemed to be a tired but pragmatic New Yorker, his argumentation was by far the clearest. Seated nicely against this intellectual backdrop was Bromwich, whose idiosyncratic phrasing highlighted how much he lived in his head. But, Bromwich certainly dropped some knowledge, and it is his list of reviewers to read that I'm going to follow:
The Day of Critique continues with a reading of Senator Gravel's Pentagon Papers . This post mortem examination of a failed policy yielded many lessons, but most importantly:
(I didn't read every page that Daniel Ellsberg stole, just the summaries of what is publicly available; this was 30 years ago, so it should be FOIA declassified, but the only reference I find is to the hardbound copies in LBJ's libary).