Monday, August 20, 2012

How to write a bad review

J. Robert Lennon provides good advice in Salon on how to write a good bad review,   occasioned by William Giraldi's truly bad bad review of a couple of Alix Ohlin's books in last Sunday's NYT Book Review. It's hard to imagine anyone reading Giraldi's review and not thinking "sheesh, what an asshole!" - and also hard to imagine that Giraldi is a colleague (at Agni) of the gentlemanly Sven Birkerts, who is both a victim and critic of just this kind of puerile, mean-spirited, show-offy snark.

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