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  1. Books in brief: Critical Mass by James Wolcott

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    Critical Mass: Four Decades of Essays, Reviews, Hand Grenades and Hurrahs by James Wolcott (Doubleday, £18) The critic James Wolcott got his big break in 1971 courtesy of Norman Mailer. Wolcott, a student at Frostburg State University in Maryland, had written a lively account for his college newspaper of Mailer’s...


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