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“The issue of who the cultural arbiters are” –December 8, 2002

Some weeks ago Globe columnist Alex Beam — one of the few remaining and diminishing reasons justifying that newspaper’s contribution to deforestation — mentioned in passing that a particular novel was “lyrical and under appreciated.” Which immediately got me to thinking about how many novels are adequately appreciated, or even what that would mean. Then […]

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Alex Beam

Alex Beam

“I asked myself the question, ‘What are my intentions?’ I realized my intentions were perfection. I wanted to write a perfect 750-word column. I’m judging what I produced against the ideal possibility of what would have been perfect.”

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