Seidel’s Views on Recommending Books

Matt Seidel of The Millions experiences very humorous neuroses about recommending books to others (explored in the piece “Let Me Think About It: On Recommending Books”). While the question doesn’t make my palms sweat half as much, I agree that it can make the seemingly innocuous social interaction get uncomfortable and weird very fast.

When certain people routinely press books on me, it strikes a distrustful note in me. Why do I have to read what you have read? Do you honestly think I would like it, or are you just narcissistically projecting your taste on me? Is that too harsh to think? If a repeat offender isn’t careful, it can stop seeming like the person is full of suggestions for your particular, idiosyncratic enjoyment. Your buddy may just want to be able to gush about what he/she feels like gushing about.

Do you disagree?


This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s