The Lost Art of Reviewing


I couldn’t have picked a better reviewer. The Los Angeles Review of Books’ choice of Geoff Nicholson on the works of Iain Sinclair is spot on for today’s lead piece. (The only other one I might have tried is that other proper prophet of psychogeography, Will Self.)

What Nicholson knows is that you don’t tackle the maker of Lud Heat and London Orbital with a typical review approach. Sinclair’s too expansive, too encyclopedic for that. It won’t do him justice. Instead, Nicholson’s LARB piece gives us an A to Z of Sinclair, and it works just right. Do yourself a favor and check it out, my beloved friends.

(Reviewing’s not a lost art, btw: the headline’s just a reference to a terrific book by Nicholson.)


2 thoughts on “The Lost Art of Reviewing

  1. Thanks, Nick. I’ve been reading An Odyssey, by Daniel Mendelsohn, and Homer’s The Odyssey, as companion books and so want to write a review of An Odyssey. The style is interesting and the story is fabulous, but how to wrap all that into a review, I’ve no idea. So I’ll ponder this piece and see if it helps. And if you’ve not read An Odyssey, I highly recommend it. You don’t even need to read The Odyssey necessarily to get the meaning, but I studied Homer at St. John’s, still have my much notated copy, and so am.

  2. Mendelsohn is pretty terrific Janet I agree! I’m always studying what reviewers are doing to inspire my own work, and Nicholson does a great job of tackling Sinclair in a less-conventional format. If you want my feedback, let me know!

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