… between the author of an article about him (“Harold Bloom is God”) and a reader of the article.


Your article states that Bloom was born in 1930 and then goes on to assert that he “voted for Norman Thomas every time he ran for president.” Thomas ran for president in 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944 and 1948, thus making it highly unlikely that Bloom ever voted for him. Had you done even the most minimal fact checking — say by following your own link to the Wikipedia article about Thomas — instead of indulging Bloom in his self mythologizing, your profile would have been much more interesting.


Fair enough, Mr. Schwartz. The article has been updated.


Mr. Fishbane, you have indeed updated the article. However, its new assertion that “Mr. Bloom, a lifelong man of the Left, said he voted for Norman Thomas,” fails to point out the impossibility of that claim, a not unimportant fact given the article’s characterization of its subject as God.

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2 Responses to “An exchange about Harold Bloom…”

  1. Rita Says:

    Fishbane’s probably an editor, not the author, but this is pretty fantastic.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Rita: Yes. I love it.

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