DECIDER   How do you decide whether you want to read a book? Friends' recommendations are useful, as are reviews. But surely the best way is to read its first paragraph, then turn at random to a later paragraph and read it. At a glance you have an idea of what the book's about, its style, how well it's written, its seriousness, its appeal—to you. If it doesn't interest you, it's on to the next!

  Below is the first paragraph of Queer's Progress. Click the button for more, at random.



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