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In the Book Review

This week, there are four fiction titles and eight nonfiction titles. I've broken them down into six Yeses, five Maybes, and one No. Now that the Review reviews appear at Portico, where the passage of time has nothing to do with the architecture of the site, I'm giving serious thought to writing an "About What I'm Doing Here" page, in which I explain the considerations that guide me when I go through the Book Review each week. Only to the most ingenious reader is it likely to be readily apparent that I'm working in two dimensions, judging both the reviews as reviews and the merits of including the book in the Review at all. That's how it's possible for a well-written review to wind up in the Noes, and for poorly-written reviews to head the list of Yeses.

Thomas Agonistes.


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