The only thing worth saying in a book review, Raymond Carver once said, is Good job, keep writing! Some people hearing that line assumed he was soft-hearted if not soft-minded – but Carver was neither. He knew that writing, especially personal writing, is an act of courage in which we expose ourselves — what we stand for, what we believe, what we feel — to public scrutiny.
- John S O'Connor in Harriet, a blog of the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine in the US.
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