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America’s Expensive Novel Habit

By posted at 2:49 pm on November 11, 2006 0

In the New Yorker, Ian Frazier shares some stories about how the modern novel is threatening to bring down the American economy.

Right now, it’s costing me forty-five dollars to fill up my 4Runner, which is about two novels. Tough decisions are going to have to be made. I’m used to having a newly released hardcover on the dash of my vehicle, another in the back seat for the kids. At home, we’ve got a novel in each bedroom, two in the family room, one in the laundry room for my wife when she’s down there, and a novella in the john. We go through a couple of dozen novels in a year without even noticing. I hate to say it, but this can’t go on.

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