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28 August 2005 @ 11:20
What's wrong with The Walrus  
I am the eggman. They are the eggmen.

I like the idea of The Walrus. It's just that... well... somebody needs to take the writers in hand, force them to re-read what they've written, and ask them, "Does this really say exactly what you mean?"

Or, as they say at another magazine I subscribe to, block that metaphor! Here are two examples from the most recent Walrus (the September 2005 issue). First, here's Don Gillmor talking about the U.S. film industry:

It is, effectively, a multi-pronged juggernaut.

Do juggernauts have prongs? And where would you put them? On the front, I suppose, but why?

And here's Wendy Dennis on why the television character Tony Soprano needs psychoanalytic therapy:

One part of himself—the thrill-seeking mob boss trying to cling by his brass knuckles to a world where nobody plays by the rules anymore—is alienated from the other part, the devoted family man trying to survive in the quicksand of Nero-fiddling-while-Rome-burns middle-class suburban America.

Right. Well, try to look on the bright side: maybe the quicksand will put out the flames. But I'm seriously worried about the competence of a mobster who tries to use brass knuckles as a gripping tool.

 
 
Nuværende humør: derisive
 
 
 
Merlemerle_ on 28. August, 2005 11:55 (UTC)
Ha! And, again, ha!

I love the juggernaut link you provided. It seemed a bit confusing, until I realized it was probably a scan that was riddled with typos:

Accusing the brahmin of cheating him out of Cod's favor,...
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 28. August, 2005 18:47 (UTC)

Cod is dead, as Nietzsche said when he visited Newfoundland.