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To Dumb Down or Not to Dumb Down

A Writer And Reader On Why Book Publishers Fail
Lawrence Osborne
December 12, 2008

The commentary begins: “They dumb everything down.”

And further, this:

“Here, then, is my memo to publishers. Why are you not venturing out to connect with the vast market of recent college graduates who are thirsting for serious writing and who have been grappling with difficult and often sterile texts for years and want something different?

“My son and his friends, who are in their early twenties, read Houllebecq and Bola

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