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08/01/2007

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dglen

I'm generally a Birkerts fan, but you've got the nod over him hree.

Robert Nagle

Although blogs like your own are counter to the trend, blogs have more informal conversations; review writing in newspapers tend to be tighter and more formal.

I find it hard to write book reviews on the web; It's hard to be fair with a few paragraphs; at least a print book review tries to be coherent (something I rarely do on my blog).

Michael Blowhard once made the connection between informal coffeehouse culture and blogs http://www.2blowhards.com/archives/2006/09/coffeehouse_cul.html . Blogs are more conversational, more spontaneous, less dogmatic and less polished. Birkets finds this to be a problem, but I find this part of the fun.

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