... I read a review of the Selected Letters of William Empson in the TLS. Now Dave Lull sends along a link to a review of it in The London Review of Books: No reason for not asking. I find Empson's position - hating Christianity while admiring explicitly Christian writers like Donne and Hopkins - hopelessly inconsistent and contradictory. I just can't see how you can take either of those writers seriously without taking seriously what they are writing about - as distinct from the manner in which they write about it.