Charles Caleb Colton (bapt. 11 December 1777 – 28 April 1832) was an English cleric, writer and collector, well known for his eccentricities.
There's a certain kind of conversation you have from time to time at parties in New York about a new book. The word "banal" sometimes rears its by-now banal head; you say "underedited," I say "derivative." The conversation goes around and around various literary criticisms, and by the time it moves on one thing is clear: No one read the book; we just read the reviews.