I’m thinking about deleting all the book reviews from the blog. Not like deleting them into a digital black hole or anything but just … removing them.
I wrote most of those during grad school, which feels like a long time ago, now. And I wrote them with the idea in my head that to be a critic, one should be critical. That is, I thought it needed to be unkind or at least to find flaws (even in a polite academic tone), and I feel now that that’s not really the point. We’re not in a university here, and reading isn’t always about nit-picking the author’s metaphors. Furthermore, I don’t really like being mean to other writers.
I would rather write about books I really enjoyed and why than to rant about something I didn’t like or worse, to look for flaws in a perfectly nice book just so I can feel justified as a critic.
In other words, I don’t wanna be a hater.
Anyone else have opinions on that?