April 12th, 2015
Episode 37 of 487 episodes
Yay! Better Than Before was reviewed this weekend in the New York Times, in a piece by Hanna Rosin. You can read it here. Here’s the illustration that accompanied it — flossing seems to be one of the paradigmatic habits-that-everyone-wants. I was thrilled to included — these days, very few of the books that are published get a review there. But I don’t know what the review says. Years ago, when I was just starting out as a writer, a novelist friend’s book was reviewed in the Times. I wrote him an email to say, “Great review, congratulations!” He wrote me back, “I don’t read reviews of my work, so I don’t know what it said, but I’m happy to hear that it was a good review.” I was flabbergasted. I couldn’t understand this at all. How could he not read a review of his own book? But now I understand, completely. And these days I don’t read reviews of my books, or profiles of myself. For a long time, I forced myself to read reviews and profiles, even though I hated doing it. It always upset me (weirdly, even a terrific review upset me) and certain phrases continued to ring ...
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