Nasty reviews


When somebody told me to write a review of a certain History of Literature, I found there were so many howlers and blunders, and as I greatly admire the author as a poet, I said, “No, I don’t want to write about it, because if I write about it I shall write against it.” I don’t like to attack people, especially now – when I was a young man, yes, I was very fond of it – but as time goes on, one finds that it is no good. When people write in favour or against anybody that hardly helps or hurts them. I think that a man can be helped, well, the man can be done or undone by his own writing, not by what other people say of him, so that even if you brag a lot and people say that you are a genius – well, you’ll be found out. Jorge Luis Borges

3 thoughts on “Nasty reviews

    1. Yes, same here. We have just been discussing a book by a well-thought-of Aus writer that neither of us could really see the point of, but decided we won’t write about it. Clearly lots of other people like it so who are we to diss it.

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