By B. R. Myers
Enlarged from an Atlantic article, Myer's e-book is an assault on pretentious, poorly written "literary" fiction.
Brian Reynolds "B.R." Myers (born 1963) is an American affiliate professor of foreign reviews at Dongseo collage in Busan, South Korea, most sensible identified for his works relating to North Korean historical past. Myers is a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and an opinion columnist for the hot York instances and Wall highway magazine. he's the writer of Han Sorya and North Korean Literature, released by means of Cornell in 1994, A Reader's Manifesto, released via Melville residence in 2002, and The Cleanest Race, released by means of Melville condominium, in 2010.
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