... Jane Smiley Is Snobby Enough to Aim Low.
Come on, folks: weigh in on this.
One thing I must say: The piece was edited and Mike Schaffer is one of the best in the business. But in editing as in all else, when it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change. Like Mike, I would have let Jane Smiley say what she wanted the way she chose to say it.
I should also add that you can't presume that an editor agrees with a review just because he ran it. I ran plenty I didn't necessarily agree with.
And remember: If Mike hadn't run this review, we wouldn't have had the pleasure of Ed's spirited response! It would be nice if Smiley would engage her critics, but I'm not holding my breath.
The reason I would like others wto weigh in on this is that a whole slew of issues are touched upon here: authority - Smiley is a Pulitzer winner; the genre fiction vs. literary fiction dispute; the nature of reviews.