It's one of those times when I'm writing and reading but haven't made enough progress to comment on either. So instead, I'll quote Robert B. Parker from a Telegraph interview Dave White brought to my attention:
"Dialogue is easy and it chews up a lot of pages," he says. "Describing a room is hard and it slows everything down and it doesn't chew up many pages."
Somehow this brings to mind high school students playing with the margins to pad their term papers. It's essentially what Putnam has done with Parker's books for years.
The same interview mentions, "Inexplicably, his work never caught fire in the UK..."
Why might this be, I wonder.