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Need another book full of pithy platitudes from dead (or dying) people?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Starman, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Well, this is your lucky holiday season.

    http://www.harpercollins.com/books/?isbn=9780062294371


    Fun Fact: Coldwater, described in the blurb as 'a small town on Lake Michigan,' in fact is more than 100 miles from the lake. Actually, it's closer to Lake Erie.
     
  2. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Landlines? Seriously?
     
  3. Bradley Guire

    Bradley Guire Well-Known Member

    I signed up for the texts.
     
  4. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    Mitchie is a better writer than many of the people who get their asses licked on this site.
     
  5. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    A pilot named Sully? He's not even trying.
     
  6. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Are we sure these calls are actually being made from heaven? Or are they calling from St. Louis?
     
  7. TwoGloves

    TwoGloves Active Member

    10 times bigger douche bag, too. I think that's more the point.
     
  8. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    What makes him a douche?
    Because he writes treacle?
    The same mush all of us have written at some point?
    Is his ego any smaller than Chris Jones's?
     
  9. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Jones is a great writer, just self-destructively over-sensitive.

    Who else gets licked herein-deservedly? Plashcke? Posnanski?
     
  10. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    It would be more instructive to name the great writers never discussed here.
    Jones writes to win awards.
    He acts like his approach is so pure, but it clearly isn't.
     
  11. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Jones writes human-interest stories. Not my cup of tea these days, but not as writerly as some others, like Gary Smitg. I prefer a Jon Lee Anderson or Ryan Lizza or Sarah Stillman. Or even Michael Lewis. And many, many that write great pieces in relative anonymity. Deep reporting and minimalist writing in service of topics of importance.
     
  12. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    Well, we agree on that.
    A great writer stays out of the way, period.
    Jones is hardly original.
    He's freely admitted he's stolen ideas of others.
    And then puts his own twist, or "engine," or whatever other pretentious term he would use, on it.
     
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