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Book Review Barbs

If you are an author and have recently written a bad book, please send me a review copy so that I may use the following Dorthy Parker-esque zingers.

  • Your novel profoundly moved me: thirty pages into it I gave up and opted for a stroll.
  • This book had me overcome with sensation and put tears in my eyes. But, then, paper cuts are always the most painful of wounds.
  • Your skill in word choice is surpassed only by your inability to put them in a coherent order.
  • I was simply unable to put your book down after the third chapter, owing mostly to the fact that I never again picked it up.
  • Your work is a forceful testament to the often overlooked benefits of illiteracy.

Posted on March 19, 2002 to