For Irish writers, says Darren Reidy, a comparison to James Joyce “is both laurel and millstone.”
Alexander Zaitchik loathes the doodlings contained in Norman Mailer’s Modest Gifts: Poems and Drawings:
Norman Mailerâ€™s line-drawing portraits are not good. They are victimless crimes. If the book didnâ€™t open with a coherent preface, Modest Gifts would be a fair basis for assuming the 80-year-old Mailer is in the grips of Alzheimerâ€™s, or a severe and unreported right-hemisphere stroke.
An excerpt from Mailer’s introduction is available on the Random House site.