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Have Proposals Become More Important Than Books?

Maybe, probably, and, well, yes, says the Guardian‘s “World of Books” column.

Leafing through the 50-odd densely written pages of the million-dollar proposal, marvelling at the footnotes, the bibliography and the sheer hard work that had gone into producing this impressive document, it was clear that what I had in my hands was more than simply a well-thought-through suggestion. It was practically a new form of literature.

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