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November 10, 2006

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Pete

Sean, I read a lot of lit blogs and I'd just like to say how refreshing it is to hear from someone else who loves Hornby. Nick seems to be getting bashed quite a bit lately by the pundits for having the audacity to insist that it's okay for people to stop reading "difficult", "challenging" or "literary" novels that they're simply not enjoying. In doing so, he's been dismissed for being mainstream, lowbrow, philistine, etc. Well, if that's what Hornby is, you can add my name to that list, too. Life's too short to slog through a literati-blessed book that you don't enjoy, simply because it's "good for you". Hornby displays a passionate joy for literature that's too often lacking in the coldly dispassionate arena of literary criticism. Which is probably because he's not a critic at all, just a fan like (most of) the rest of us.

I'd like to visit Hobart Castle someday, assuming, of course, that Aaron dresses more modestly.

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