“Pleasure, as a literary virtue, is an underrated but powerful quality.”

Although the Library describes itself as a “Literary Center,” we are not snobs by any stretch of the imagination. At least mostly not. Definitely mostly not when it comes to books. At any rate, I’m pretty sure I speak for the entire staff when I say that creating a pleasurable experience for the reader is one of the most noble goals to which a writer can aspire.

That’s why I was so happy to read this review of Jimmy Breslin’s book “The Good Rat.” Not only does it make the book sound like a fantastic read, it also contains a great bit on pleasure as a criminally overlooked element of good writing.

Speaking of pleasurable reading, if you’re into that sort of thing you should check out this short interview with Breslin from New York Magazine. It makes me wish he was my cranky uncle. I can’t decide whether my favorite part is when he says they should let mafiosi shoot “the hedge fund people,” or the part where he blames plummeting newspaper circulation on “YouFace.”

-Norm De Plume

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Published in: on July 21, 2008 at 3:37 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. The Good Rat is IN.


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