Wheatcroft knocks 9-11 response

Geoffrey Wheatcroft scorns how silly many of “the literary intelligentsia” were when responding to September 11:

Imaginative writers are distinguished not by a sweeter character (too often very much not), greater intellectual honesty, or even deeper intelligence, but—apart from the gift of expression which is their stock in trade—a way of looking at the world which is interesting because it is exaggerated or distorted. After an event like 11th September, such expressive gifts might be more hindrance than help; some things are best said simply rather than dressed up in look-at-me prose.

[Link courtesy of Arts & Letters Daily.]

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