Class sniping at the NYT

Letter in the 29 March New York Times Book Review:

Knitted Brows

To the Editor:

In his back-page essay about George Steiner (“Our Steiner Problem — and Mine,” March 15), Lee Siegel calls The New Yorker “middlebrow” and The Times Literary Supplement “bourgeois.” Thank heavens the Book Review is neither of these terrible things.

JIM HOLT
Manhattan

The actors in this little play:

Lee Siegel is a writer and cultural critic who has been published in, among other places, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, The New Yorker, and The New York Times.

Jim Holt is a writer and cultural critic who has been published in, among other places, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and The London Review of Books. He is the author of the recent Stop Me If You’ve Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes.

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