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How To Write Fat Books

Posted at 10:41AM Sunday 06 Jul 2014

Publishers churn out a barrage of books that could've been, should've been, or once were magazine articles — listicles, even — artificially fattened into book heft like a foie gras duck and no more pleasurable to the reader than the feeding is to the duck.

Thirty-four-year-old Walter Benjamin presaged and parodied this phenomenon in a short list under the heading "Principles of the Weighty Tome, or How to Write Fat Books"

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