We did a drive-by on this last night in the quote of the day but I guess it warrants a full post. HA’s resident best-selling author is understandably annoyed at this:

“The Karl Roves of the world have built a generation that just wants a couple slogans: ‘No, don’t raise my taxes, no new taxes,’” Pat Schroeder, president of the American Association of Publishers, said in a recent interview. “It’s pretty hard to write a book saying, ‘No new taxes, no new taxes, no new taxes’ on every page.”…

She said liberals tend to be policy wonks who “can’t say anything in less than paragraphs. We really want the whole picture, want to peel the onion.”

Really? That love affair with the paragraph doesn’t seem to have hurt “Bush knew” or “No war for oil.” Here are the crosstabs. The breakdown:


Surprising to see history so high and sci fi so low. Fully 57% have read five books or less; included in that percentage, I regret to say, is the big A. I read all day long online and catch up with magazines when I can, but I’ve always preferred to read books at long stretches and long stretches simply aren’t available anymore. Offhand, I can recall starting three books since January and finishing two: Steyn’s “America Alone” and, of course, Hitchens’s atheist polemic. I took a run at “Mere Christianity” on the advice of two friends but gave up in exasperation about halfway through. Exit question, and be honest: How many have you read this year?

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