Magazine February 6, 2017, Issue

Epic of the Midlands

(Portrait of Alan Moore via Wikimedia)
Jerusalem, by Alan Moore (Liveright, 1,280 pp., $35)

An office move not long ago necessitated one of those painful purges I’ve had to face almost from the moment I could read. Still smarting from the sacrifice of books I hadn’t even remembered I owned, I took no consolation from the sight of gleaming wood exposed now that every shelf wasn’t double stacked. A colleague, however, astutely recognized a bright side almost immediately. It’s easier to spot your gems, he remarked, fingering an out-of-print copy of The Letters of Kingsley Amis, after all that culling.

This insight came back to me as I was reading Jerusalem. Of course, a lot

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