Stephen Kuusisto ‘s slim Do Not Interrupt wasn’t quite what I expected or hoped. I thought it would go into depth on the art of conversation. Instead it makes a couple points about conversation throughout the ages, such as the Greek belief that conversations, as opposed to lectures or debates, bring about “simultaneous elevation.” In other words, when two or more people engage in true conversation they become equals.
It was fun to read some of the quotations, but really I don’t think this is a book as much as a long essay. A lot of the book was a collection of long quotations like the classic conversation on love in Plato’s Symposium and a long quotation from Johnson’s Life of Boswell. Some of the anecdotes were good, but others were ho hum. It’s a book you can read in a seating, but I think you can get more out of a good magazine. Glad I got this from the library.