Sunday, August 23, 2009


He tried to show what it was like to read a book and what the thinking mind looked like in the act of writing.

He wrote compellingly about effort, about difficulty, about struggle, about failure, about incoherency, about instability, tension, waste, self-consciousness, incompleteness, process . . .

Mithridates on the critic Richard Poirier, who has just died.


Stephen Mitchelmore said...

The URL is incorrect. You must mean this one:

Helen DeWitt said...

Argh. Thanks. Fixed.