this is the real review

in the book section of my newspaper, I notice
more and more
women critics reviewing women’s
novels.
well, this is practical:
women probably understand women better than
men.
I   hope they
do.
yet, as a man I do not understand other
men.
actually, I understand women
better–
enough to know that in their reviews they are
prejudiced as hell toward their
own–
which causes overpraise and
misjudgment
but
it probably sells
books

which is
unfortunately why
most of them are
written.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1985
Source
Original manuscript