…an impulse after all these years.

I have picked up Harold Bloom’s literary criticism again after having put it down over twenty years ago. This is no coincidence. He was a solace to me as a literature student and now that I have “sallied out” with my own work (or have garnered enough confidence to have my “stuff” read), I find him to be a wonderful guide. His reading of the classics is unmatched in American belle lettres. His appreciation for new writers is fresh and inclusive, in spite of what academics have said about his supposed ethnocentrism. There is such a thing as aesthetic excellence and it is tied into what you bring with you to the table as well as the structure and sense in the writing, in the rendering.
Incredibly, Professor Harold Bloom passed away on 14 October 2019, days after we exchanged emails, above. I don’t know what to say except to quote Hamlet, what he called the most sublime play ever written in the English language:

Now cracks a noble heart.—Good night, sweet prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!—.”
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We lesser for his loss. He was a moulder of minds and hearts in young people.
Above is a good primer to Harold Bloom’s life work to foster life-long reading, “we’re reading against the clock!”