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The best of book reviews

Apropos of what I'm grading right now: Do you have a favorite book review (or album or play or movie etc.), one of brevity or depth, of insight or revelation, or hilarity or profundity? Recommend it (or them) to me, please!

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tisiphone
Aug. 3rd, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
I once read a review of Parmesan cheeses in Cook's Illustrated. They finished on a review of the stuff in the green can (Kraft, I believe), and after spending a paragraph extolling its sawdust-like texture and aroma of salt and bikini place, they finished with "This makes me miserable." For some reason, that absolutely cracked me up.
owlfish
Aug. 4th, 2009 10:12 am (UTC)
That's a charming review! I'm glad they tackled the full range of cheese options properly.
tisiphone
Aug. 4th, 2009 10:15 am (UTC)
The thing I love about the Cook's Illustrated reviews is that they always do, and they're fair about it - for example, they rank the cheap Good Cook cookie sheets you get at Walmart or the grocery store among the best you can buy, rather than going for the Chicago Metallics ones (which are annoyingly heavy and tend to burn the bottoms).
tisiphone
Aug. 3rd, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Roger Ebert's review of "Expelled" is truly a masterpiece of biting wit. It may not be appropriate for the classroom, but it's well worth reading.
owlfish
Aug. 4th, 2009 10:18 am (UTC)
That's an impressive review in the sort of non-traditional way which demonstrates how well you can break rules once you know them. I wasn't soliciting reviews for the classroom so much as my own entertainment and education.
arcana_mundi
Aug. 3rd, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
Tony Grafton's review of Eisenstein's "The Printing Press As Agent of Change" is one of my all-time favorites.
owlfish
Aug. 4th, 2009 10:27 am (UTC)
*downloads*

*admires that it is an article-length review*
curtana
Aug. 3rd, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
I liked this review of two recent books about Bonnie and Clyde. Excerpt: "It’s difficult to say where this book goes wrong, but one might start on the first page..."
owlfish
Aug. 4th, 2009 10:24 am (UTC)
It's such a well-constructed review! I love how noise effects from the second book are steadily interspersed among the attention given to the first.
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owlfish
Aug. 4th, 2009 10:14 am (UTC)
I approve of all poll-based reviews! Thank you.
henchminion
Aug. 4th, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
Ursula K. LeGuin's pseudonymous review of The Book of the Dun Cow is one of my favourite pieces of snark.
stormwindz
Aug. 4th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
Amusing
The Cincinnati Enquirer's review of Interview with the Vampire...

"...an UNMITIGATED TERROR TRIP NOT MEANT FOR THE WEAK OF HEART."

*emphasis is mine
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