FROM THIS IS THINKING | ALAN DAVIES
Blurbs are to books what those lead weights on
the rim of a wheel are to the wheel.
But the perception that things are not
sufficiently in-kilter on their own is often a
misperception on the part of the publisher.
Or perhaps it is the roadway (the reading public
as a social phenomenon) that is actually out of
whack. But to the extent that they are the
problem (merely perceived or otherwise) no
amount of however judiciously placed blurbs
will fix them.
Blurbs eat the book. They pre-eat it.
We're much better off with mixed metaphors.
Again. Writing is an aid to forgetting.
For those of us fastidious about words writing is
a way of getting some of them out of the head in
order to make way for new experiences.
Without writing we'd hold on to words at the
expense of those experiences which happily (at
times) give rise to them.
Writing is letting go.
To write is to let go.
Writing is a way of getting younger.
(It's a way of getting younger so that we can