Monday, 24 October 2005

One Star Reviews

You are probably the same. Confronted with a long list of reviews, in a magazine, say, you probably jsut read the 5 star ones. And the 1 star ones. Because while it's nice to find good art, or whatever, it's also fun to read about some of the train wrecks that occur to make good art even more spectacular.

That said Lone Star Statements over at The Morning News (what's happening over there, by the way? When it started I read every new article, then I just didn't bother —I think it just got too self indulgent— now it's got 2 or 3 must read articles a week) isn't quite the train wreck you were looking for. It's one star reviews of classic novels. Some bizarre, some chuckle-worthy:
The Sound and the Fury (1929)

Author: William Faulkner

"This book is like an ungrateful girlfriend. You do your best to understand her and get nothing back in return."

And some you probably quite agree with:
Gravity’s Rainbow (1973)

Author: Thomas Pynchon

"When one contrasts Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five with this book, it’s like comparing an Olympic sprinter with an obese man running for the bus with a hot dog in one hand and a soda in the other."

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