A lengthy article in the latest New York Review of Books. Daniel Mendelsohn, I think, really gets GRRM's work.
"Martin's novels...whose mission is, if anything, to question and reformulate certain cliches of the fantasy/adventure genre about gender and power."
In other words, every convention of fantasy and/or adventure, gets thrown out on its ear in the books.
Mendelsohn gets close to one of my thoughts about the series: The last thing a lot of Lannisters see- or don't see- is going to by Arya Stark.