On coming up with opinions

by look i have opinions

“[T]he prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books […] involves […] constantly INVENTING reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feelings whatever.”

—George Orwell (essay here)

Not having enough opinions is an embarrassing problem. It’s possible to have a stupid opinion and still feel yourself an expert, if only an expert in smug bad taste. In fact, if you have a stupid opinion of a literary classic, one that you clearly remember reading, you are already better informed than nine tenths of the literate public.