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'The Affair,' the best TV dramas of the year and 'The Great American Novel'
'The Affair,' the best TV dramas of the year and 'The Great American Novel'

I was never one of those critics who measured television against literature, theater, film or any of the other forms of entertainment and art that have traditionally been considered more serious or elevated. In fact, for decades, I have been arguing about the importance of television in its own right as an enormous cultural force: the principal storyteller of American life, even in its silliest and most debased genres (like reality shows). But as I joyously wallowed in the wealth of great TV drama this year, one thought kept flashing across the scoreboard of my brain: This is absolutely the stuff of the the Great American Novel that all those English department professors were talking...

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