The subtraction does not turn good work into hackwork; it turns a hysterical, half-mad masterpiece into a sound, sane book. It still has its phallic reach and point, but lacks its flaccid, anxious self-consciousness: it is all Dick and no Moby.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
All Dick and no Moby
Today's Groan!-I-should-have-seen-that-coming award goes to Adam Gopnik, writing about the new Orion 'abridged' version of Moby Dick: