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Friday, March 31, 2006

Nothing Is Illuminated

Jonathan Safran Foer is one of the two authors who makes it to the list of the New York Press' "50 most loathsome New Yorkers":

"Only after a textbook publisher picked up his debut novel in 2002 was Everything Is Illuminated marked not so much an auspicious debut, but the new messiah. Everyone from John Updike to Salman Rushdie sang his praises—until the 2005 9/11-Holden Caulfield follow-up, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close...Everything but the box office was illuminated for the big-screen bomb of his first book. Both 2005 efforts came crashing down like the towers he writes so badly about. But as loathsome as exploiting 9/11 for bad magic-fiction might be, pity the poor producer in charge of translating his red-inked, blurry typefaces and flipbook cartoon—not to mention that entire page taken up by just the word 'purple'—into the audio version."

The other one? James Frey, everyone's favourite whipping boy at present.


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