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Sorry to say that I am only on the third chapter, and it doesn't look good. There are some insights, and interesting bits, but it is all spoiled by the incredibly poor writing and lack of even basic editing. Typos, run on sentences... it's amazing that a book dedicated to such a great wordsmith would even be *allowed* to get out like this. It seems to have been a rushed job. Maybe the author isn't to blame for everything, but in terms of content, so far I see nothing more than a collage of snippets from various reviews, strung to together as if by a computer.
Rolling Stone said...
In an interview with (fill in blank) Tom said...
In the documentary blah blah, Waits said blah blah...
That's normal for most books of this type. But when it happens constantly, often with little context and lots of rambling, it gets old fast. I would have preferred footnotes to what they did here. Sure, few of us want to spend the time to collect all those snippets and garner their wisdom, but the presentation here is horrible. Editorial insight should have been sought on how to present this better. Proofreaders should have been used.
I will try to finish this book, simply because I have a pet peeve about finishing what I start. It's a sad state of affairs when writing has reached such a low point, even in niche areas like this. I'm not even going to grace this review with a Waitsian witticism. As an avid reader, and student of rhetoric and media criticism, this was such a disappointment.
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