It’s not that Adam Kirsch’s name and criticism are new to me. It’s just that for some reason, his Tablet book reviews are raising him to Jeffrey Goldbergesque status in my mind: As soon as I see his byline, I know I’m in for something that’s quite likely to resonate. And it will definitely be something terrifically written.
Like the aforementioned Goldberg, Kirsch is incredibly well-informed. His incisive commentary has, in the case of these two books, saved me the trouble (and doubtless, aggravation) of reading them. And for that, I am grateful.