Re: RARA-AVIS: Pay for weight

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 02 Mar 2000

Okay, I'm not going to bash Dave any more, others have already done an admirable job of that, except to ask: do you also prefer double albums to single albums (if you're old enough to remember albums, that is)? Chicago gave more minutes per album than the Beatles or the Rolling Stones, they must be better.

I like some long books, some short. Different stories take different lengths to tell. I can't imagine how a vintage Gold Medal Dan J. Marlowe could be anything but harmed if it were longer and I can't imagine a Jack O'Connell being any shorter.

If both were in print at the same time, I would buy them both at the same price without hesitation.

"INstead, if I'm going to by a book for 6.99 I'm more likely to pick up Michael Connelly or Elmore Leonard... whose books are usually considerably longer."

Okay, Connelly has always written longish books, but I far prefer Leonard's earlier, shorter ones, the paperback originals.

Was it John Cage who said the notes you don't play are just as important as those you do?


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