“The Sum of All Books Present in the Shared Human Consciousness”

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Check out The New York Journal of Books where Joseph Mackin delivers a treatise on the book review.

What is the purpose of the book review anyway? Do they serve to introduce the general public to another addition to “the sum of all books present in the shared human consciousness”? Or are the reviews so far removed from the books that inspired them that they instead must be written as sociological critiques? What did John Updike think about it? Find out, dear reader. Find out.


Salvatore Pane is a writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Quick Fiction, Weave, We Are Champion, Corium Magazine and others. His debut graphic novel, The Black List, will see publication later this year from Arcana Comics. He blogs at www.salvatore-pane.com. More from this author →