A cartoon of FDR smiling and Hoover looking glum on the cover of an old New Yorker magazine
Hoover and FDR on the cover of The New Yorker. Creative Commons. https://www.flickr.com/photos/22711505@N05/28976541437

Is literary criticism good for anything?

I’ve been haunted for years by a single line from a New Yorker profile ever since I first read it as a high school freshman. (One must find great pleasure, as I do in this moment, in writing sentences that have never before been written or spoken aloud.)

Sir Bedivere is a technology executive in the Western United States.

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