Saturday, December 17, 2011

Outstandingly average ...

... Julian Barnes and the Diminishing of the English Novel - (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Ever since he left school, Tony reliably informs us, he has been “average”: “Average at university and work; average in friendship, loyalty, love; average, no doubt, at sex. There was a survey of British motorists a few years ago which showed that 95 percent of those polled thought they were ‘better than average’ drivers. But by the law of averages, we’re most of us bound to be average.”

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