Are Book Blurbs Just Deranged Babbling?

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A recent dustup over author Nicole Krauss’s long and ecstatic book blurb for David Grossman’s To the End of the Land brings to light the perhaps impossible art of writing in blurb-speak. Scott Esposito of Conversational Reading may have started the fight, but his explanation is also a measured one: “[I]f you happen to have the chance to write a blurb, you probably want to let it sit for a day or two and make sure it doesn’t sound too overwrought.”

(Thanks, The Rumpus.)

Source: Conversational Reading

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