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Sunday, September 18, 2005

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"Poetry makes nothing happen," said Auden. And I would say the same of criticism, if the criticism is any good. So, where does that put the most effective book critic in the U.K.: 'I don't think newspapers exist in order to sell books for me, of course, but if a newspaper reviews a book that then sells only 20 copies in the following week, then it means they have reviewed something their readers have no interest in reading. I don't see the point of that.'