On book/daddy, Jerome Weeks takes authors Lisa Abrams and John Heath (Why We Read What We Read) to task for their observations about bestsellers. They say that Americans don’t like to think too deeply about what they read. Weeks says that Abrams and Heath didn’t think too deeply about Americans not thinking too deeply.
Whether one agrees with these points or not, whether they are accurate or not, all of them would seem to be pretty much standard-fare intellectual analysis/dismissal of mass-market books. A grad student who spent Christmas vacation working at a Borders could have arrived at the same conclusions.
Personally, I think he’s making a pretty standard-fare analysis/dismissal of a standard-fare analysis/dismissal.
(Am I being too cute here?)