Reader request on James Wood

Here is an old, old request, which somehow I left behind in the archives:

The critic James Wood–despite his formidable intellect and depth of knowledge, he's awfully obtuse. Discuss.

Here are Wood's picks for the best books of the year. Here is a good (negative) review of the new Wood book. Here is writing advice from James Wood.  You read people for their peaks and for me that means thumbs up for Wood.  Here is a good short essay on Wood.

Of all those shouting that the literary emperor has no clothes, he is the most acute observer.  But, most of all, other people have smarter things to say about Wood than I do.

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It's James Wood! Fer cryin out loud.

No "s"!

See the critic James Wood, not the actor, finger drum here:

http://timidscholar.wordpress.com/2009/02/20/james-wood-finger-drums/

I haven't read his new book, but I thought his previous collection was very good. I especially liked his essay on W.G. Sebald, my favorite writer of the last few decades.

jose saramago's 'death with interruptions' is indeed a great book -- one of the master's best. however, it's not really a '2008 book' -- it came out in portugese in, i think, 2006. the recent financial crisis makes the book better.

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