In an age of celebrity endorsements, book-club picks and Amazon reviews, what is the state of once-vital literary criticism? How has the importance of robust and informed evaluation changed in an ever-crowded publishing market and an online sphere where everyone is potentially a critic? In this two-part series, Sydney Review of Books editor Catriona Menzies-Pike interviews four renowned critics about the future of literary criticism. This episode, Catriona speaks with bestselling author, critic and New York Review of Books Editor-at-Large Daniel Mendelsohn and winner of the Kill Your Darlings New Critic Award, Michael Sun.
If you missed it, listen to part one featuring Bernadette Brennan and Declan Fry.
Michael Sun (Australian)
Michael Sun is a writer and critic from Sydney whose work focuses on the intersections between queerness, memory and technology. He is the 2020 Kill Your Darlings New Critic, and has been published in Guardian Australia, The Monthly, Overland, VICE and more. He also gasbags on FBi Radio and is a Board Member of Firstdraft Gallery.
Daniel Mendelsohn (International)
Daniel Mendelsohn is the Editor-at-Large of The New York Review of Books and an award-winning memoirist, critic, essayist and translator. A longtime contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Review, he has also been a columnist on books, film, TV and culture for BBC Culture, New York Magazine, Harper's and The New York Times Book Review. His books include the memoirs An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic, the internationally bestselling Holocaust family saga The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, and three collections of essays, most recently The Bad Boy of Athens: Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones.
Catriona Menzies-Pike (Australian)
Catriona Menzies-Pike is the Editor of The Sydney Review of Books.