Alex Massie

Remembrance of Time Wasted

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On the subject of not reading books, commenter Jim Barnett has an excellent idea:

How about a new category: LR, for "Livres que je regrette d'avoir lus" - books I have regretted reading. I'd put Nabokov in that category - "The Gift" was just the sort of prissy, self-satisfied blather that I had always suspected Nabokov had produced. I should have known better and left it as an LE [a book you have heard discussed], but I foolishly took it on a trip and got stuck reading it.

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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