‘…How refreshing it was to see the Booker prize take another turn last month – putting the short in shortlist, as it were – with a record-breakingly succinct nominee: Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan is just 116 pages. And Alan Garner’s Treacle Walker is only 36 pages longer. One of the judges, M. John Harrison, said: ‘I’m quite in favour of short books. I quite like the brevity of them. I think compression is a real skill.’ The Daily Telegraph concluded: ‘Brevity appears to be back in literary fashion.’ Thank heavens….’
— John Sturgis via The Spectator
… although most of my favorite books are quite long. They just have to have the substance to sustain it.
‘Don’t worry about superintelligent A.I.s trying to enslave us; worry about ignorant and venal A.I.s designed to squeeze every penny of online ad revenue out of us….’
— Noah Giansiracusa via Slate
‘These statements relieve the speaker and the audience of the responsibility to think about Indigenous peoples, at least until the next public event….’
— Graeme Wood via The Atlantic