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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Dissonance

There must be something wrong with an introduction to a new edition of a novel if I read it and think, “God, what a bad novel. I so don’t want to read it” only to start reading the novel and discover that it’s incredibly good.

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6 thoughts on “Dissonance

  1. David Bellamy on said:

    Is it just that the person who wrote the introduction lives in a completely different universe from yours? I often find this to be true of people who write reviews of books, or even of movies.

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  2. But since it has a bad intro, it’s a bad book.

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  3. Being a clod and a philistine I’m only liable to read an introduction after I’ve read the rest and am curious about it (or if I hate, hate, hate it and I think the introduction might give me a clue as to why).

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