At the academic anthropology blog, Savage Minds, this post, the first in a series, on Jared Diamond’s most recent book, is a nice example of how to write about complete books on the Internet, especially when you’ve got too much to say. A lot of times I end up abandoning a piece, especially about a nonfiction book, because I’m not sure how to approach it. In part, I worry about sounding too critical and writing a piece that ends up offputting. In part, I think, my model for what writing about books should be has become something like Andrew Seal’s Blographia Literaria. Seal, and the bloggers who wrote like him, always set each book in context with finality and authority, indicating its proper place in a larger discourse, apparently certain that they knew what was expected in the best literature-discussion circles. But even if I felt competent to do the same, which I don’t, it wouldn’t really get at what I wanted to say about my reading.