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Paul De Angelis on Harold Bloom on Stephen King
August 29, 2004 — 11:00 am

Paul De Angelis lays the smack down on Harold Bloom for being a Stephen King hater.

Basically, Harold Bloom’s thesis is that anyone who reads writers like Stephen King and J.K. Rowling will be forever conditioned to read books by authors like…well, Stephen King and J.K. Rowling.

Nonsense.

I loved Stephen King when I was younger, though my High School English teacher berated me for it. I imagine if J.K. Rowling were writing back then, I would have loved her books even more than today. And yet, I’ve managed to read (and love) books by Pynchon, Crane, Nicholson Baker, Vidal, Heller and Vonnegut, to name a few.

Still, it is nice to crack open some King or Rowling from time to time.

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