The lit-establishment is on display in all its cronyistic moldiness in the new issue of the Atlantic monthly magazine. The issue should have a label with big letters slapped on it: "THE PAST." The Usual Suspects are present, with an opening essay about halycon days at Columbia and Brown by the Poster Boy for Literary Corruption, and contributions from tired failed fraudulent lit-fossils like Joyce Carol Oates, Billy Collins, Charles Baxter, and others. The ideas expressed represent the lit-world circa 1990 (or older).
The issue was apparently put together by C. Michael Curtis, an Insider's Insider, who I profiled in a zeen in 2000 after seeing him on a NYC panel. I described him then as a lifeless sack of potatoes plopped into a chair. I doubt, judging by the new issue's contents, that the sack has become anymore animated in the years since.