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On Reviewing

On Reviewing: Vanessa Place

LH: What do you think the purpose of a review is? If you also write about books on a blog, why? What does blogging let you do differently? VP: The purpose of a review is to discriminate. Discrimination is how we find good friends and know which strangers to shoot on sight.LH: If you write...

On Reviewing: Steven W. Beattie

LH: What do you think the purpose of a review is? If you also write about books on a blog, why? What does blogging let you do differently? SB: There are those who believe that book reviews should confine themselves to a description of what a book is and avoid any attempt at evaluation. This...

On Reviewing: Marjorie Perloff

LH: What do you think the purpose of a review is? If you also write about books on a blog, why? What does blogging let you do differently?MP: I take the purpose of book reviews to be description and evaluation. By description, I mean that the reviewer must try to convey to the readers the...

On Reviewing: Elizabeth Bachinsky

LH: What do you think the purpose of a review is? If you also write about books on a blog, why? What does blogging let you do differently? EB: To my mind successful reviews identify works and discuss them within their own framework or tradition; the reviewer—and his or her opinion of the work—is nearly...

On Reviewing: Maureen N. McLane

LH: What do you think the purpose of a review is? If you also write about books on a blog, why? What does blogging let you do differently? MM: I don’t know what the purpose of all reviews might be, but the purpose of the reviews I’ve written has tended to be: to make my...

On Reviewing: Christian Bok

LH: What do you think the purpose of a review is? If you also write about books on a blog, why? What does blogging let you do differently?CB: Reviewers are like the crossing-guards of literature—providing traffic-signals (if not hazard-warnings) for readers who might like to step off the curb, but need to know where to...

On Reviewing: Aaron Kunin

LH: What do you think the purpose of a review is? If you also write about books on a blog, why? What does blogging let you do differently?AK: Attention is part of it. Sorting. Valuing. In fact, reviewing books isn't too different from writing them. The main purpose is to make it possible for something...

On Reviewing: Evie Shockley

LH: What do you think the purpose of a review is? If you also write about books on a blog, why? What does blogging let you do differently? ES: From the perspective of the reader of reviews, I would say their purpose is to give one’s readers enough information about a work for them to...

On Reviewing: Matthew Zapruder

H: What do you think the purpose of a review is? If you also write about books on a blog, why? What does blogging let you do differently?MZ: I tried to articulate what I think the purpose of a review is in a recent article I wrote for the Poetry Foundation. Basically, I was trying...

On Reviewing: Rob Winger

LH: What do you think the purpose of a review is? RW: For the most part, I think reviews let conversations begin. In their best incarnations, they provoke and promote discussion not only about writing, but also about those ideas that inform the writing.LH: If you write reviews, how would you describe your approach, or...