GP: Would you read it?
EH: Your novel?
GP: Yeah, it’s about 400 pages long, and I’m just looking for an opinion.
EH: My opinion is I hate it.
GP: Well you haven’t even read it yet.
EH: If it’s bad, I’ll hate it because I hate bad writing, and if it’s good, I’ll be envious and hate all the more. You don’t want the opinion of another writer.
If you’re not sold on this exchange, I’ll do you one better. A beautiful film. Made for nostalgists like myself.