Friday, June 6, 2008

This assumes, of course, they know how to read.

Barack Obama may be reading Zakaria, but what should the presidential candidates be reading? The "New York Times Book Review" posed this question to a wide variety of authors, and, as might be expected got a wide variety of interesting answers. My favorite passage in the article, however, did not have to do with specific book suggestions. It was this, from Scott Turow:

"I have met all three presidential candidates, two quite briefly, but I know that each exhibits an acute literary sensibility as measured by the standard that most authors secretly employ: they are familiar with my work. (At least they said they were -- they are politicians, after all.)"

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