Remember, lo those many months ago, when Lizzie observed that the victims of Dale Peck’s scathing book reviews “can get a little, ‘Listen to her'”? Remember how you laughed but weren’t really sure what to think?
Stanley Crouch, one of the author-as-reviewer’s victims, has declared that ‘Dale Peck is a troubled queen, and the only person who cares about him being a troubled queen is himself’. I don’t know whether Peck is a troubled queen or not, and I don’t care either. But he certainly is one dickens of a writer – and maybe, annoyingly, he really is one of the best writers around. What We Lost gives us an infinitely precious sense of a more responsible, more austere, and much, much tougher America.