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The Lifespan of a Fact by John D'Agata
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Jun 27, 2012

it was ok
Read from June 27 to 28, 2012

The concept of this is book great, and Fingal's comments are generally fascinating (though even I agree that he sometimes picks a few too many nits).

But the first thing I noticed about this book is that the essay D'Agata and Fingal are fighting over is a piece of shit, which significantly mitigates D'Agata's claims to stand in the company of Cicero, Orwell, and Thoreau. Also, D'Agata himself is a piece of shit, deliberately misunderstanding what Fingal is trying to say constantly. So you're left with 1) an essay that can't really hold up the weight of what could have been an interesting discussion and 2) one participant in a discussion who is completely unwilling to play fair. In other words - great concept, shitty execution.

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