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Wednesday, December 12, 2007 2:58 pm
Ethics by the Numbers
Posted by: Keir Graff
  • 44% of book reviewers enjoy a glass of wine while reading; of those, 78% prefer red wine to white; of the red-wine drinkers, only 8% declare malbec to be their first choice
  • 92% of book reviewers have fallen asleep in the act (of reading)
  • 3% of book reviewers have never had the thought that they could do a better job than the author whose book they’re reviewing

Those are only a few of the statistics you won’t find in the National Book Critics Circle’s new ”Ethics in Book Reviewing Survey.”

Interesting stuff, and either a sobering reminder of the inconsistency plaguing our trade or a wonderful reminder of the diversity uplifting our art. Although some of the most interesting and entertaining stuff is in the contentious comments–both to the blog post and to the survey results. From the latter: 

The ethical issues here are getting increasingly picayune.

And:

I have no knowledge of blogs and no opinions about them.

One Response to “Ethics by the Numbers”
  1. Edward Champion’s Return of the Reluctant » Roundup Says:

    [...] Keir Dullea has more astonishing numbers about book critics and ethics. [...]


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