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"Why experimental fiction threatens to destroy publishing, Jonathan Franzen, and life as we know it: A correction", by Ben Marcus, Harper's Magazine October 2005.

The harshest critique of a critique that I've read outside of Babble recently. I look forward to reading the next edition of Harper's, to see Franzen's critique of Marcus' critique of Franzen's critique of experimental fiction.


I have needed a good laugh after this past year of crapitude. I took my giftcard and got "Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction." by Sue Townsend. Adrian is now 35, works in at a bookseller's in Leicester hopes that Tony Blair will help him get his deposit back on his booked trip to Cyprus. He cancels his trip as Blair tells the nation that Saddam has weapons that can hit Cyprus. [img]tongue.gif" border="0[/img] More hilarity abounds!


Nick Hornby - A Long Way Down



Originally posted by beluga2:
[b]I just finished Paul Williams Roberts' stunning [i]War Against Truth[/i], his first-person account of the American rape of Iraq. I picked it up on the strength of a glowing recommendation by the Globe & Mail editors -- after he won the PEN award, they felt compelled to write a furious McCarthyist denunciation of Roberts' "anti-Americanism" and "conspiracy thinking", always an indication that someone's on the right track. [img]wink.gif" border="0[/img]

This book achieved the rare feat of leavening an excrutiatingly painful story with a bleak, ironic sense of humour that often had me laughing uproariously. Roberts has an eye for the absurdity of war as well as the horror.

The horror lingers, though. My hatred for Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld is burning pretty fucking brightly right now. [img]mad.gif" border="0[/img] [/b]


I can't get your link to work, obscurantist. But I'm closing this one up for length and will open a new one!


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