By the way, I think the same principle should apply to meals. If Americans simply left half their food on the plate, most of our obesity issues would disappear.And what happens to that half of the national diet left on our plates, you fucking ninny? Yes, he means well. We certainly agree that most Yankee pig-dogs should cut down on their consumption (although we don't remember Sully or ourself as being the slimmest reeds in the pond) but if the great public intellectual & published author expresses himself in reverse like that, well, how great an intellect is he? All the thought in any given large empty space is w/o value if it can't be expressed & shared comprehensibly. Perhaps his majesty imagines that some of the left-overs will trickle down to the less deserving.
Oddly, the item's subject is giving up on books that suck, rather than feeling obligated to complete a book once started. Compulsive as we may be, we doubt if we'd ever have finished the heaps of pulp Andrew pushes on his page. This one, for example:
INTIMATIONS PURSUED: THE VOICE OF PRACTICE IN THE CONVERSATION OF MICHAEL OAKESHOTT