Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Review of Ian McEwan's “Sweet Tooth"

You can read my review of Ian McEwan's latest novel, Sweet Tooth, here at PolicyMic. Some sample thoughts about this Cold War-era tale of espionage and novelists:
That world has since disappeared — the world where people paid attention to the political commitments of Leonard Bernstein, and the CIA underwrote exhibitions of Jackson Pollock's canvases. But it clothed art and culture with a political gravity that gave fiction something to fight for, or against. In a climate where nations wielded cultural objects as proxies for machine guns, insisting upon the political autonomy of art was good material. 

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