Charles McNair on Literary Criticism

March 5, 2012

As the Books Editor of Paste Magazine, and a Pulitizer Prize-nominated novelist himself, Charles McNair cares deeply about what we read.  But McNair is concerned that Americans are only reading a handful of writers, thanks to what he calls a kind of geographic hegemony of taste-making.  In other words - we're all reading the same books because a handful of respected critics on the East and West coasts tell us to.  He's out to change that.  



Mr. McNair's thoughts on geography, great writing and the role of luck and others are insightful. I stayed in the South because it's warmer. That seems to me an inherently good reason to locate here and stay here. Creative writing abounds here. I hope his voice is heard.