What gives with the New York Times lately? On Sunday, the Book Review briefly referenced, again, Brad Gooch’s Flannery O’Connor biography: “Witty, obsessed and almost inhumanly brave, O’Connor was peculiar, her work even more so.  But Gooch strives to make it all quite normal – under the circumstances, of course.”  What circumstances?

Then the style magazine pats William Burroughs on the head: “William S. Burroughs has always had a toehold in popular culture” – surely his major ambition – though “his debauched brand of intellectualism is eternally stylish[.]”  Gee, that’s a relief.

What’s next: Melville’s freakish delight in his scrimshaw collection?