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Book by Book by Michael Dirda
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Nov 23, 09

did not like it
bookshelves: started-and-put-aside, non-fiction
Recommended for: Michael Dirda: he can read it to himself and bask in the knowledge of his own genius
Read in November, 2009

Read the first few pages of this. Was struck by how pointless it seemed; how dull; how his essays on potentially interesting topics such as the value of education seemed to meander in circles around nothing in particular, before finishing by not coming to a conclusion; how pages and pages were just lists of admittedly-interesting quotes by people who are presumably more intelligent than the author; how lists of quotes are always boring, no matter how interesting they are; how didactic the tone was; how grand were the proportions of the author's ego; how this book should never had been let into print.
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Moira Russell Yeah, I'm a big fan of Dirda's book columns (altho I think Woods is the better reviewer), but I picked up this book once in a store and put it right back down. It's very dry.

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