Monday, January 18, 2010

Couldn't agree more...

Says Christian Bok on Lemon Hound in an interview on reviewing:

Academia has conditioned me to prefer descriptive explanation supported by some sort of argument about a book's structure (i.e. "how it is written") and the book's functions (i.e. "why it is written). I dislike reviewers who indulge in a cursory summary of a book, then proceed to offer their
own set of judgemental impressions, based upon a presumed paradigm of shared values between the reviewer and the audience--and alas, most reviews seem to partake of this model of literary critique.

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