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Wednesday, May 21, 2008 9:01 am
I Heard the Stereotypes and Clichés Weren’t Even True
Posted by: Keir Graff

Leonard Kniffel, Editor-in-Chief of American Libraries and author of A Polish Son in the Motherland, has reviewed James Frey’s Bright Shiny Morning for us (which just went live moments ago as our Review of the Day). Although he does offer some praise for the outed fiction writer, he doesn’t shy away from pointing out shortcomings in the bright shiny prose, either:

Frey can write, and he is at his best when he is pointing out the irony of perpetually empty sidewalks in a place where people flock to live because of its perfect climate, or describing a young man’s angst at the prospect of becoming a father. At other times he writes stereotypes and clichés as if they were revelations. Readers who are following his recovery from a public pillorying by Oprah will want to read this book, but what Frey has always needed is a good editor who could, among other things, insist that the omission of commas and paragraph indents does not constitute style.

This should certainly lend some spice to their onstage discussion this June.


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