I know what I think this is full of. Of arrogance, and pomposity, and what Philip Larkin liked to call the smell of bum. Here’s a nice little exercise: find a book, or an article, or a website that has quotes about “books”, or “reading”, or “literature”. Look through the examples, and ask yourself how many of these self-consciously citeable sentiments actually make sense? Because the instances I have quoted are chosen almost casually from a myriad competing instances of overstatement, false generalisation, self-congratulation and self-deception, pure silliness, inanity.
Rick Gekoski, ‘Reading is Overrated’
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