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Month: February 2011

News 62

Unethical, Immoral. Crude and Cruel and Unconscionable

On Valentine’s Day, 2011, a well-known critic at a prominent newspaper performed a hatchet-job on Joyce Carol Oates, questioning the reality of her grief, mocking her friendship with Joan Didion, and trivializing the decades-long editorial work of her deceased husband, Raymond J. Smith. How delicately must we tread around this situation?