“You can’t be a great critic — you can’t even be an interesting critic — without a talent for provocation,” writes Craig Seligman in Sontag & Kael: Opposites Attract Me. I agree with Seligman’s statement. Provocation isn’t enough, however. His own book, a slight, coy, wisp of a memoir in which he contrasts two formidable literary talents, serves as a case in point. Provocative though his tome may be, it falls far short of being either great or interesting.
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