Why do I read this stuff?

Once started, I felt I had to finish the damned thing. Once finished, I felt I could not avoid reviewing it. Much of the weekend slipped away as a result.

Go to Recent to see what I am talking about. (Scroll down: I don’t know how to link from this page to particular entries in the Recent list, so this vague reference is to a review of Ian McEwan’s novel Solar.) These things still matter, you know. You think, after years of experience, that nothing you say is going to make the least bit of difference (which is true), but even so you have only yourself to blame if you let it go unsaid.