Dept. of Clarification and Amplification

In the comments to the previous post, I noted that when I called Steve Martin a genius, it was not because of his recent work. Rather, it was because he had managed to convince “the literary and cinematic worlds, which often bear each other a thinly veiled hostility, that he really belonged in both.”

As if on cue, we get Stephen Metcalf’s review of Rock Moody’s new novel (about the business of show), The Diviners. His final comment on this “this sprawling disaster of a novel” – “it will make a fine movie.”

Ouch.

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