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Do We Really Need Negative Book Reviews?

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Francine Prose and Zoë Heller discuss whether bad books should be written about or ignored.
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Francine Prose compares herself to a Puritan when she used to enjoy writing a scathing book review about a badly written book.

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Marry First, Then Cheat

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In France, it’s O.K. to cheat if you’re married, but not if you’re single.
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Published in February 2014, Dowd claims that the French interpret Americans's negative attitudes toward extramarital affairs as part of its of its Puritan heritage; she quotes a French politician as claiming that France is more open to affairs because it is Catholic (and therefore can seek absolution through Confession).

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