Originally Posted by StephenHero
If anybody has recommendations for books of essays, particularly strongly opinionated ones that aren't too dense, please shoot them my way.
Does Nabokov rail against the Freudians in that? Because that would be fun.
For light and opinionated, you might try Dale Peck's Hatchet Jobs
, which includes his best essay, sort of a brief jeremiad against Rick Moody, Infinite Jest, postmodernism, pretty much any celebrated novel with long sentences. Then there's always James Wood, who's a bit more thorough and fair. I like his subdued rant against David Foster Wallace and 'hysterical realism', for one....though I can't recall what book that's in.
I also just picked up Roberto Bolano's Between Parentheses
, and though I haven't read much, it looks promising. A collection of small-ish, mostly newspaper articles, I think, but just glancing through, he tackles some somewhat fresh authors (like one of my favorites, Jose Donoso) and reportedly pulls no punches.
I'd also love some recommendations for essays with an actual point of view. Sadly, they're a bit hard to find these days.