Saturday, May 28, 2005

Looks like someone's on to me: "We thought it was amusing that reviewer Steve Erickson, in his review of Hector Tobar's new book, writes: “‘Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States’ crosswires de Tocqeville’s ‘Democracy in America’ with Che Guevara’s ‘Motorcycle Diaries’…" To the immediate left of this review is an advertisement for a book called ‘Misfortune’ by Wesley Stace. Says Rodney Welch of the Washington Post Book World, “It reads like some inspired collaboration between Charles Dickens and Pedro Almodovar.” We think we’ve uncovered the secret to writing blurb-worth drivel: Say the book reminds you of something written by a fancy European white guy and a token Spanish-speaking rebel and, poof, you’re on the book-jacket. Book reviewing is fun AND easy! "

3 comments:

JHoward said...

Ah, but you and I know what a thankless, underpaid, vale-of-tears undertaking it really is to write a book review. Sigh.

How are you, anyway?

Rodney said...

Yeah, you ain't kidding. Hours on end straining words through an eyedropper. Otherwise, I'm doing okay. I'm writing a manual called "Review Your Way to Prosperity," but I can't really find a publisher who's interested. This evening I'm watching an brilliant epic Russian film caled Andrei Rublev whose assorted wartime brutalies are just wearing me out.

jhoward said...

i hear you. That's one reason I abandoned Book World. I don't have your email address handy, so I'll clog the comments box with this: Did I send you my new contact info at the CHE? You can find me at jennifer.howard@chronicle.com now. Don't be a stranger.