Attack Dog – Why Must Critic Bloom Be So Negative?

Literary critic Harold Bloom has been quick to condemn awarding the National Book Award to Stephen King. While Steve Almond doesn’t necessarily disagree with Bloom about King, he is confused as to Bloom’s purpose in attacking: “What I don’t quite get—and maybe this is because I haven’t spent long enough in academia—is why Bloom feels it necessary to sound off against writers he deems inferior, as opposed to celebrating the writers (and the ideas) he admires. And, furthermore, why he chooses to do so in such a lazy manner.”