Saturday, September 27, 2008

WaPo Not Too Kind to American Lightning

Washington Post book reviewer Jonathan Yardley's review of Howard Blum's American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, The Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century is that it is less than worthy of much praise.

Okay, I'll be more forthcoming -- Yardley viciously slams Blum's look at the 1910 Los Angeles Times explosion. He describes the book as "dreadful,"a thoroughgoing dud from first page to last," a piece of "hack journalism," "written badly," "entirely fails," "contrived, plodding, self-infatuated," "cliched," "writing so overheatedly that the reader's eyes are scorched," "hyperbolic," "Blum is hell-bent on achieving Significance," "nothing in Blum's telling of it to warrant frittering away any reader's time," and, finally, "one long slog."


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