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Book by Book by Michael Dirda
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Nov 23, 2009

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 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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November 21, 2009 – Finished Reading
November 23, 2009 – Shelved
November 23, 2009 – Shelved as: started-and-put-aside
November 23, 2009 – Shelved as: non-fiction

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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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