OK, book blurbs aren’t obsolete. But they should be.

A recent piece in the New York Times titled “‘Riveting!’: The Quandary of the Book Blurb” asked: Do book blurbs serve readers? Do they help writers?

Stephen King: “One thing I’d never do is blurb a book just because a friend wrote it. That’s the road to hell.”

Bill Morris: “They’re a bit like the vermouth in a martini: can’t do any harm, might do some good, so let’s have it.”

Pulling random books from the shelves of my office, we find: