Critique of Archaeological Reason
6. Critical reviews
An advantage of writing book reviews is that we are induced to read a book from cover to cover - which is often a luxury in our scholarly world today, when we often consult (or "use") more than read. Even greater is the advantage of reviewing the overall work of a colleague, for we are then induced to read into his or her production the intellectual trajectory of a lifetime. And to reflect, in consequence, on what challenges individual scholars can pose to the field as a whole. That is of course the case only when the writings in question are sufficiently provocative to elicit such an impact.