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Friday, November 11, 2005

Dumb And Dumber

In the New Statesman, Charlotte Raven reviews a new "encyclopedia of modern life" which goes by the engaging title of Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Shit?:

"Lowe and McArthur are maddened, not just annoyed but literally maddened, by the effluvia of consumer society. The sardonic tone of the entries reflects a sense that this stuff is not just irritating but degrading to our humanity. We're talking bad shit here, dredged from a place beyond the reach of satire...The book is like that disillusioning second viewing, an appraisal of the culture by people who are no longer susceptible to the myths that stop us from seeing things as they really are."


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