The Embarrassment of Bargains

Recently, I commented on a literary bargain. Now, I see Raymond Carver, arguably the best short story writer of the last century, on sale, along with Mario Vargas Llosa, whose novels I devoured as an adolescent, and Tobias Wolff.
I immediately bought two (Carver I have), but I was saddened to see them losing out to books du jour sure to be forgotten in several years.
Some people apparently read a book only when 'everyone's talking about it'. Sure enough, some of those books really are brilliant and really will stand the test of time. But I'd encourage everyone to go buy a book that's not the latest craze. If only because they're dead cheap and out of print soon.

Posted by cronopio at 09:52 PM, April 06, 2004