--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jack Bludis" <buildsnburns@...>
> I probably would have read *Spade and Archer* even with the lukewarm
> review in the NYTimes, but after reading Bill's review, it is now a
> must get and must read immediately.
Lukewarm? That review was a hatchet job. I wonder if the author is
hatchet-faced? It reminded me of the incredible review of Chandler
that Joyce Carol Oates published years ago in the NYRB. If you review
stuff you have no affinity for, or worse, stuff that you have no
respect for, you run the risk of missing the point entirely. It would
be like me reviewing romances. I don't get it and I am not fond of it,
so why would I review such literature? What could I contribute?
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