Sunday, July 02, 2006
Robert McCrum at it Again
In today's Observer McCrum pokes fun at book blurbs, and yes, they are damned annoying and we may as well ignore them, but I'm not sure that that's what McCrum is really saying. If it sounds like baloney, he says, it probably is baloney. 'A dark allegory about empathy, nuclear power and contemporary feminism' is not for us. And: ...that lit-crit jargon that says everything and nothing: 'ironic' (up itself) ... 'surreal' (no plot), 'humane' (unbelievably boring). Indeed, McCrum appears to be taking all too much notice, and in the process some of his prejudices are showing.