You’re gonna want to read this Maud Newton post on snark because soon all the cool kids will be linking it (if they haven’t already).
Seriously though, Maud may coast along posting links and quiet comments but then all of a sudden she’s like POW – serious commentary! Here is a particularly strong snippet:
So, while I think that entertainingly informing readers is snarkâ€™s raison dâ€™etre, I also believe that the boldly negative critique may be the only weapon available for stemming the tide of mediocre writing offered by the corrupt book publishing industry and its shadowy ally, the creative writing program. And the only supposed threat it poses, according to Julavits, is that of dampening ambition through fear, resulting in less exciting work. To this I can only say that if â€œambitionâ€ serves as euphemism for hyper-intellectual, emotionally unengaging, contrivedly inventive or experimental narratives, such as those James Wood has termed hysterical realism, then this wouldnâ€™t be to our cultureâ€™s detriment.
Thought provoking, no? I hope to post some ideas about what I look for in a book review (remember this question?) soon.
UPDATE: Ok, as CAAF so graciously points out in the comments, the post in question was written by Emma Garman – my appologies Emma. But that in no way negates what I said about Maud herself whose vision and wisdom permeates her eponymous blog.