TONIGHT: BOOK REVIEWER DOESN'T REALLY LIKE BOOK; FRIENDS OF AUTHOR LIKE BOOK UNCONDITIONALLY, ACT BUTTHURT ON INTERNET BECAUSE OBJECTIVE REVIEW DOESN'T AGREE 100% WITH THEIR SUBJECTIVE ASSESSMENT.
TOMORROW: TODAY'S HEADLINE - TOO WORDY?
@margaretg, that first comment is incredibly mean-spirited. I responded in a way that made me feel better. Try signing your name to things you write on the internet, you might find it changes your opinion of how anonymous shot-takers deserve to be treated.
@everyone else: It's entirely possible that I'm on the wrong side of history here. So it goes. But for the record, I dislike writing negative reviews, particularly of local writers (particularly of local writers whose past work I admire, as is the case here), and I did in fact put a lot of time and thought into this review, knowing that it would be subject to exactly this sort of criticism.
I said what I want to say about the book already, so I probably won't say too much more in this thread—I just didn't want my only contribution here to be a bitchy response to a mean comment. Carry on.
I would suggest to Allison to consider, at least, the legitimate use of farce as a construct to pull off serious cultural criticism. By poking fun and using outrageous exaggertion as a device, farce is a viable form of serious literature. I fully own that I don't have degree in literature and I am not of academia. I just know to look further when someone like Yuknavitch writes. She is deliberate and an expert at weaving multiple meanings into her work that teach, inform and transform the reader without knowing they are being transformed until after its all over. I am trying to reserve my own snark, because I want my observations to be taken seriously, but really? It must be either arrogance or some external factor that shrugged this review into existence, because I can not believe there was any serious thought that went into this. I hope these comments on this review are actually helpful to you, Allison, and you consider a deeper, more informed look at the books you review in the future.
Domi J. Shoemaker
I wasn't talking about the author of Dora, I was talking about the author of the article.
@MargaretG Sorry, hun, but I can guarantee you that the author of Dora didn't write the above "snarky quip." I can't guarantee that another very well respected, female Portland author didn't write it however. It's a small town.
Dear merc book reviewer Alison Hallett,
Please figure out a way to review books against a canon that extends beyond what limited personal collections decorate your coffee tables, like, maybe, non YA books, for a start- Dora transcends genres. Your review suggests a typically Portland contrarianism embellished by sloppy journalism. Did you read the introduction? The Chronology? These materials might rebut some of your misinformed assertations. Also, if books about teenhood make you uncomfortable, maybe you should ask yourself why....
Just going to put my two cents in: it really irritates me when a valid and well thought out response to something like a book review is answered by the author with nothing but a snarky quip. If you're going to put your opinion of a work of literature out in the public eye, you can at least be receptive to the criticism of others who likely feel very passionate about the piece of work you just passed judgment on. Be a little more mature and I think you will see improved results.
Non-Portlanders could order them through the Reading Frenzy website, or through msvalerieparkdistro.com
Is there a way for non-Portlanders to read these?
I tried to buy it on iTunes books, but no luck
actually i'm on salary.
Thanks everyone!! I'm going to try to make the book release at Back Space to pick up some copies :)
Check Bridge City, too. I got my copies from there a few months ago.
Perhaps this "recontextualization" IS actually addressing Freud. Gosh, that's what it seems like. Though you may be paid by the insipid word, you could have just written:
My teen years were uncomfortable, I still cringe at my own insecurity and I wish I was a writer instead of a pathetic gatekeeper.
Zach is dreamy. I just started watching Golden Girls, mostly so i can read Miami, You've Got Style.
Wow, the "Love Is Not Constantly Wondering" Book is now a bestseller at Powell's. Nice work, Zachary.
@Hayley Floating World had copies of the zines last time I checked; Reading Frenzy probably does too, and I'm sure they'll also be available at the release party. Powell's has plenty of copies of the book.
how do I get copies of said books?
Great interview! I didn't know that so many issues of the TNG 'zine were out. I only have the first issue.
Love Is Not Constantly etc etc was terrific, so cool to see stuff like this -- having loved those CYOA books as a kid. Good on Zachary and thanks again to Alison for the heads up on that.
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