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January 29, 2013 01:54 PM

Gratifying hyperbole

by Roger Kimball, from Roger's Rules


Gertrude Stein, who wasn’t wrong about everything, once asked the rhetorical question: “What do writers want?”  And she answered: “Praise, praise, praise, praise, praise.”  It’s an occupational hazard, a déformation professionelle, and if it is pointed out that the profession  in question is really the full time occupation of being a member of the species [...]


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