Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Taibbi destroys Friedman and his awful multiplying metaphors

At the beginning of this review, Matt Tabbi sounds like he's nitpicking. By the end, Friedman has been completely unmasked:
He is a Joyce or a Flaubert in reverse, incapable of rendering even the smallest details without genius. The difference between Friedman and an ordinary bad writer is that an ordinary bad writer will, say, call some businessman a shark and have him say some tired, uninspired piece of dialogue: Friedman will have him spout it. And that's guaranteed, every single time. He never misses.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Four hundred and 73 pages of this, folks. Is there no God?"

Yes Friedman is nincompoop, or at least that's the impression i'm left w/ after this tongue-lashing by the reviewer.
This may be a case where the review is more worthy than the book!

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i read the review, and yeah, friedman's style is hackneyed, and often downright cheesy. but i think he's got some interesting points that aren't terribly off the mark.

pity his writing is so annoying.


8:25 PM  

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