A Few Good Voices in My Head: Occasional Pieces on Writing, Editing, and Reading My Contemporaries

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A senior editor at Harper & Row, Solotaroff is former editor-in-chief of the defunct New American Review (later the American Review), editor of Many Windows, a selection of stories from the American Review, and author of The Red Hot Vacuum, a collection of essays and book reviews. Here he offers a second book of essays and book reviews, all of which have appeared since 1969. His taste in reading tends toward Jewish and Eastern European writers, intellectuals who happen to write fiction, who look askance at society (whether it is valueless capitalist or drab socialist) and who fight for culture. Solotaroff writes perceptively, almost intimately, about Philip Roth, Stanislaw Lem, Vladimir Voinovich, Jacobo Timerman, George Konrad, Milan Kundera, among others. Several essays recall the period when he wrote fiction that was limited by his own grand, suffocating ideas about what made a good story. In publishing matters, he is a bit of a curmudgeon, railing against an industryparticularly its major housesthat "has largely sold out its cultural purpose to its commercial one." This is a lively, gracefully written collection that prods as much as it philosophizes.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

This collection of reprinted pieces takes for its subjects Solotaroff's life, several specific texts, and the writer's profession. The pieces are leisurely, engaging, belletristic. While interesting, those on the "trade" say nothing not previously said while those on individual works engage such a diverse span of writers (e.g., Kundera, Roth, Kinnell, Sinyavsky) that the only unifying force is Solotaroff's authorship. And there's the rub. The only thing that would seem to lure a reader to this book is an interest in Solotaroff, former critic for American Review and present editor for Harper & Row. Libraries with clientele so interested should consider. Otherwise, marginal. Robert E. Brown, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, N.Y.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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