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Humanist Archives: Sept. 18, 2021, 6:13 a.m. Humanist 35.247 - consequences, or not reading it all

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        Date: 2021-09-17 10:56:56+00:00
        From: David Zeitlyn <>
        Subject: [Humanist] 35.242: consequences, or how we work


I am increasingly unsympathetic to injunctions to read all of a text
before citing it,

since the time spent doing so could perhaps be spent reading other
texts more useful to me.

Implicit in a decision to read book Y is a decision NOT to read book Z.

I am  in favour of at least considering, looking into Book Z

I leave for others to decide whether one should cite a book hurled
across the room in irritation and then abandoned

or one in which there is a useful nugget or discussion, accessed though
an index which has at least some independence from the rest of the text

Davidz writing as a magpie, all too conscious that more is published
even in small subject areas than any one person can ever read...

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