From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 19 Aug 2002

<<And you say "commercial and exploitive" as if its a bad thing. ;-)>>

Yes, for me that combination is bad. Commercial by itself is not bad, in fact it's almost meaningless. Authors want to sell books.

<<Don't many of the excellent Gold Medals we're discussing this month come under this category?>>

Not the good ones. Take Aarons: he does not try to rope the reader in through trickery. He tells a plain story, with a beautiful technique but without demagoguery or facile appeal to emotions. I am beginning to think that Aarons was a great writer, strange as that may sound.



"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." Mark Twain

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