I wish to say that I fear I have been unfairly joshing towards Gale. We condemn in others the faults we are most conscious of in ourselves. I am a brother anecdotalist and I recognise his weakness as mine. His book is humane and fascinating and it boasts a compelling argument. You will not be bored reading it and if you can’t be bothered to read it cover to cover you can simply open it at random to find a good story for your next dinner party.