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December 16, 2010


Thoughtful and intelligent as always.

Personally, it's tough to 'Give these readers some credit!' when they're not self-directed. If Oprah tells you to do something and you do it, I'm giving her the credit, not you. If Oprah tells a bunch of people to do it, and they do, there's still only one person who is responsible for it.

That's the kind of disempowerment thing that bothers me. The whole 'tastemaker' bs that pervades everywhere with media. And yes, there are sheep and yes Oprah has a flock. Undeniable.

And while snobbish about Dickens (less snobbish, and more dead white guys and canon blech) and whatnot I think the real validation (you should challenge her and Oprah on this) might come in the numbers of people who actually finished 'Anna Karenina' if that's even provable. If Oprah wanted her book club to be legit, she'd give people quizzes on the books and reward them with her regularly free shit dependent upon how good they did.

Oh snap, starting to sound like school and not pleasure reading. Did I do that?


I'm an occasional reader sent this post to Dan Rodricks at WYPR (88.1 Baltimore) who was doing a show on Dickens and he mentioned your blog on the air after reading bits of the Hillary Kelly piece. You can probably hear the show on his website in a few hours.


Thanks folks -- and thanks especially to Anecdotal for not only forwarding the post but following up by sending me the link! That's fun.

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