First ten pages are pretentious... or perhaps it is the first page filled from top to bottom of Gore Vidal's accomplishments, down to every title of every essay, leaving no white space for the imagination to breathe.
Thirty pages should be enough to tell, I say to myself. But I felt it in my core far before page 28 when I stopped and looked at the checkout tab. Minnesota libraries keep the card pockets in its books, and I get a strange delight in seeing when a book was checked out. This one, however, had never been stamped with a date. So telling... I wish I had checked it first.