There's a certain kind of conversation you have from time to time at parties in New York about a new book. The word 'banal' sometimes rears its by-now banal head; you say 'underedited,' I say 'derivative.' The conversation goes around and around various literary criticisms, and by the time it moves on one thing is clear: No one read the book; we just read the reviews. -Anna Quindlen

 

There's a certain kind of conversation you have from time to time at parties in New York about a new book. The word 'banal' sometimes rears its by-now banal head; you say 'underedited,' I say 'derivative.' The conversation goes around and around various literary criticisms, and by the time it moves on one thing is clear: No one read the book; we just read the reviews.


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