Let us now praise Dwight Garner, New York Times daily book critic.

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Jan. 7 2011 7:45 PM

I Like Dwight

Let us now praise Dwight Garner, New York Times daily book critic.

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One friend directed me to no fewer than four fondly remembered reviews by Garner, but a deadline loomed and I had to stop somewhere.

Journalists are not known to be terribly generous souls. They love slipping a knife into the back, especially of somebody that others praise, especially if it's a fellow journalist, and most especially if it's a fellow journalist who's ascended the exalted heights of the New York Times. But not one of the dozen or so people I consulted, most of them within the highly contentious offices of Slate, where interoffice e-mail is often borderline nasty, disputed my thesis that Garner is a highly gifted critic and an absolute pleasure to read. That makes me think my judgment is correct, and should be stated out loud.

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