"Why is it that the most graceful writer of our day, who offers such a beautiful defense of charity and intellectual humility in her novels, is so often flippant and uncharitable in her essays? If Marilynne Robinson so habitually 'violates her own poetics,' as Paul Seaton has put it, is she misunderstanding her vision, or are we?"
Ari Schulman, "Conversing with Ether," a review of The givenness of things: essays, by Marilynne Robinson, First things no. 264 (June/July 2016): 57 (57-59).
My long-standing thought exactly.