If books are written to be consumed passively, or are treated primarily as entertainment objects, or are aimed at the broadest possible readership without any sense of whom the “public” even is, the most diligent attempts at elevating such work to the status of art will be fruitless. I believe we have to strive to square the circle, to nurture and protect a writing culture that is both broad-minded and high-minded, aware of the inevitable tensions that will arise between these two ideals.

—Zach Dorfman

Dorfman, Zach. “Hatchet to Hatchet, Dust (Jacket) to Dust: Reading The New York Times Nonfiction Bestseller List.” Los Angeles Review of Books. 17 Mar. 2015. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.

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