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Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Seven Basic Plots

I wrote this the other day, intending to polish it later, but on further examination of the SBP book, I don’t feel the book is worth the investment.  Here, therefore, is an unfinished polemic. . In 2004 Christopher Booker, a British journalist, published The Seven Basic Plots, a book that purports to show that all … Continue reading »

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Fingerprints of the Secret Masters

The scene: a lavish corner office, at night, high above the sparkling lights of Manhattan.  Everybody else has gone home, but one man remains.  He is David Remnick, editor-in-chief of the New Yorker.  He paces, chews his nails; perhaps he smokes, stubbing out on cigarette after another, filling up the ashtray. The phone rings.  Remnick … Continue reading »

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