Oh man I only made it like halfway through part 1. People keep recommending this to me. Samuel Johnson was some writer. As such, he produced some interesting work. But at least as near as I could tell, his life was not so interesting to read about. He wrote stuff, tried to sell it... No doubt it was compelling at the time, but it's not exactly a swashbuckling tale of derring-do, you know? And, oh man, there's poetry. From back when poems were supposed to be long and didn't have to be very good and... And I stopped reading this. Does pick up more later, or is this book just too highbrow for me?