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January 26, 2007



Though there's nothing wrong with the journal article as a genre (apart from the insane word-count requirements), I fear a good article would be buried amongst the unreadable career-opportunist drivel that swills around these days...

Besides which, each of the Lord of the Rings trilogy were book-length...

Articles get forgotten - books, when done well, are our legacy...


Your reference to authors who don't exist reminded me of a classmate (when I was studying Chinese in Taiwan) who got word that her mentor in the US was publishing an analysis of a non-extant Chinese poem.

Jeremy Bangs

You might at some time pay attention to series for children, such as the instructional European travel books of Jacob Abbott, which arose when regular steamer traffic began.

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