4.26.2004

I love Choire Sicha's review, too. First of all, he uses a feminized language you almost never see in the Book Review or most other bastions of literary authority. Yet he never loses his own authority as a writer. Like: can you remember reading the word icky in one of these book reviews before? Listen:
If we can resist the temptation to burn Plum Sykes's book, we can smuggle it into the future. Perhaps the next breed of humanoids can learn from the holocaust of culture and commerce that destroyed our icky civilization."

What I call the newscaster voice--that voice of supposedly objective white male authority--gets tossed out the window here. Sicha is smart enough that he doesn't need it to give him authority. I love that the Book Review gave someone with such a funny, smart voice some space.

--Elizabeth


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