Friday, March 09, 2007

No, don't shut up

Ed Champion complains about Michael Silverblatt's gloriously elongated introduction to the latest Bookworm (with Vendela Vida). The real problem is that 30 minutes is not long enough for such rapt attention to the written word (rather than the life of the writer).

The presence of Bookworm amplifies the question: why the hell doesn't BBC Radio 3 have an equivalent programme? Its arts podcast is a minor consolation.

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