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Old 02 September 2018, 03:19 AM
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Reading a Leonard Bernstein biography by Meryle Secrest. It's pretty good, but the author has the annoying habit of describing people by using quotations that are actually about totally different people. I think she meant it as a means of adding gravitas, but it comes off more like a high school sophomore trying to pad out an English paper when they don't have enough relevant research material. One example:

The truth was, Bernstein at that period was "young, happy, radiant, extraordinarily endowed and irresistibly attaching," as Henry James said of the the English poet Rupert Brooke.
WTF? Alone, it's a bit of a bizarre non sequitur. Used repeatedly, it's a strange and annoying literary device.
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