‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ is one of those phrases everyone says but no-one follows. Rachel Barlow discusses the ins and outs of why it is important to be critical about the books we pick off the shelf.
On the few occasions that I have been asked what my dissertation is about, I have answered, hesitatingly, “an author. . . He’s Jewish-American. . . He’s actually still alive. . . But you’ve probably never heard of him.” If that response has not already sufficiently bored my interlocutor with the conversation, they might ask, […]