Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Amazon reviews the classics

Humorist Joe Queenan in WSJ provides a take on the Amazon reader reviews, some of which are not so reliable.

JQ: Here ordinary people get to voice their opinions, acting as cultural watchdogs to shield their fellow book lovers from duds...Beholden to no man, cloaked in anonymity, they do not hesitate to take even the brightest stars —Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Auster, Dan Brown—to task. This is what makes citizen reviewers such a welcome addition to the body politic: Their courageous sniping from behind the bushes... More.

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