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The dead alive and busy.

Dec 232022

When a critic says that the book he is reviewing is “better than X”, he is advising you, in the strongest possible terms, to read X.

Nov 102022

Children’s literature posits a compact between author and reader: though the reader may look like a frog to all the uncaring world, the author knows he is a handsome prince, and it can be their little secret. Harry Potter is children’s literature. So is Confederacy of Dunces.

Oct 192022

One must read widely to discover the few books to read deeply.

Aug 222022

The typical academic bibliography buries the three books the author has plagiarized among hundreds that he has scarcely opened.

Aug 052022

I always inspect what people read in public, but guiltily, the way boys look up skirts from under the bleachers.