Saturday, September 20, 2008

More of the overrated ...

... Everyone's a Critic. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

I actually agree with some of these assessments. I've always thought The Catcher in the Rye was overrated. I don't know if The God Delusion is overrated, but it sure isn't very good. And as much I like Ulysses, I'm not at all sure it couldn't have used some editing.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely piece examining the historical appreciation of the in-and-outings of various works. One small quibble with the review/er? "Finnegan's Wake," a Celtic tune performed by the Dropkick Murphys, for example, does not equal Joyce's maestro-work, Finnegans Wake.

    When the "anonymous Internet critic" pronounces "Finnegan's Wake" unfit for consumption by magpie students prone to imitating its style, I wonder if said critic refers to the tune (upon which Joyce based his novel)?

    The use of quotes as opposed to italics further compounds my wonderment, so to speak. For your enjoyment or rememberment, however? The tune's chorus:

    "And whack fol the dah O
    Dance to your partner
    Welt the floor, your trotters shake
    Wasn't it the truth I told ya
    Lots o' fun at Finnegan's wake . . ."

    (Until recently, was working on the libretto for an opera to do with FW [among other items of libatious and consuming interest]. Hope work resumes more sooner than later . . . Gawds of Rooves & Righteousness Willing.)