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Monday, September 14, 2020

Paul Theroux on the Function of Book Reviewing

Most people read books and think them interesting. They don't really reach an intellectual conclusion. They just have an opinion about it, not a judgment. But to reach a judgment about a book is really useful. To have to puzzle it out and then to write out the judgment. So I think that is a function book reviewing performs when it's done well.

Paul Theroux in Story Story Story, edited by Jim Schumock, 1999

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