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Tuesday, March 27, 2007 2:21 pm
And Don’t Get Me Started on James Patterson
Posted by: Keir Graff

If she thinks this review was mean, what does she think of this one?

And what purpose would it serve –¬†other than making Walter Mosley feel better about himself (and we’ve actually done quite a bit of that) — if we only wrote nice reviews?

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10 Responses to “And Don’t Get Me Started on James Patterson”
  1. Frank Sennett Says:

    I’m currently debating how far into the woodshed to take a certain insufferable “godfather of British noir,” who takes gratuitious potshots in one of his new book’s _multiple_ introductory essays at both Highsmith(!) and Westlake (!!) — as if he doesn’t realize being dubbed “godfather of British noir” carries about as much cachet as being annointed “king of Mexican pizza.” Too much?

  2. Frank Sennett Says:

    And here’s an idea — how’s about a samizdat issue of Booklist titled “Must Not Recommend”? Now that would be the buzz issue of the year.

    Kidding. Only kidding.

  3. Frank Sennett Says:

    And please excuse the misspellings of “gratuitous” and “anointed.” I nailed “samizdat,” though.

    Can you tell I got no sleep last night?

    Punchy, I tell ya. Punchy.

  4. Keir Says:

    Parenthood effects our lives in many ways; not least of which is gramar and speling.

    If you can get “king of Mexican pizza” past your editor, the tequila is on me.

  5. Frank Sennett Says:

    Sorry, I don’t do those body shots anymore…

  6. Keir Says:

    In Russia, vodka drinks YOU!

  7. Keir Says:

    I mean: In Russia, vodka drink YOU!


  8. Frank Sennett Says:

    Lenin wept.

  9. Frank Sennett Says:

    And McCartney signed with Starbucks.

  10. Keir Says:


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