johnsu01 (johnsu01) wrote,

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A couple of real zingers from The Nation reviewers in the June 21 issue.

From Stuart Klawans on The Day After Tomorrow:

Why, the fine people at (who otherwise deserve every measure of support) have pegged one of their organizing drives to the film, with the assistance of Al Gore. Next, perhaps they'll buy out a screening of Van Helsing, to deplore Bush's anti-vampire policies.

The Day After Tomorrow is (to use technical language) a piece of crap.

From Nicholas von Hoffman on On Paradise Drive by David Brooks: is written by a man who, though he seems to have bounced about here and there, has no eye for the telling detail and no ear for the colorful quote. Though Brooks humbly likens his writing to Twain's and Mencken's, the best you can say for him as a writer is that he's fought the English language to a draw. Whereas Twain on the warpath was a sharpshooting rifleman and Mencken laid about with the broadsword, Brook's literary weapon is the tweezers. Follicle by follicle, he snaps the hairs out. Painful but not so entertaining.
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