I used to teach college in Washington D.C. and I used to sound a lot like Wilberforce: self-important, sure everyone else is wrong if they disagree with me, and closed to anything that didn’t fit my definitions. I don’t know how my students could stand me. As a writer who has won many awards, including an award for poetry, I would just like to suggest that we all try to be open to things that are new, different, and that perhaps our knee-jerk reaction dismisses.
And let’s not kid ourselves, in serious literature there is a bit of the author in everything one writes. I’m sorry for Wilberforce, actually. With these close-minded opinions his world must be very small indeed. I would never tell him not to like what he likes, but I would also ask him not to refuse me the same courtesy. And if we want to do some textual analysis, I would be more than willing to defend the work of Blanco.