Saturday, May 20, 2006

Talk about "everyone's a critic"

I am embarrassed to say that I am not nearly as well read as I wish I were, which is to say, I am not very well-read. I was when I was a child and an adolescent. Then, I read voraciously, with few distractions. Unfortunately, I have forgotten most of what I read then, except for some impressions. I suppose that is true of everyone.

Because I am shamefully under-read (I won't embarrass myself by giving details), I could not begin to say what the world's greatest novels are, but I can say with certainty that Virginia Woolf's novels are among the greatest--if not the greatest--novels I have ever read. This afternoon, while searching for something on the Web, I stumbled onto something so shocking, I thought I'd share it. Some reviewers, two perhaps, who call themselves the Brothers Judd, read books and grade them A through F. The reader of To the Lighthouse gave it an F.

Okay, I read a bunch of criticism to figure out why this book is on the list, never mind why it's so high on the list. As one would expect, the critics are awash in psychoblither. But there's one thing I didn't see, and it's the obvious one, Virginia Woolf was consumed by penis envy. What the hell else could the title of the freakin' book mean?

It goes downhill from there.

I think I'm going to put up a website to review international aeronautics projects, of which I am totally and pathetically ignorant.


Great post--thanks for the link! I see the site also ranks the work of the following authors as an "F": Beckett, Bellow, Rachel Carson, Dreiser, Duras, Engels, Faulkner, Eric Foner, Carlos Fuentes, John Kenneth Galbraith, Al Gore, Richard Hofstadter, Joyce, Kerouac, Keynes, Kingsolver, D.H. Lawrence, Lessing, García Márquez, Marx, Maugham, Miller (Henry and Arthur), Toni Morrison, Mosley, Rawls, Rousseau, and Cornel West.

By Blogger sevres, at 8:51 PM  

I wish you'd quit calling yourself poorly read! You've read lots that I haven't and I consider myself fairly well read. (And seen lots of movies I haven't too.)

But I can't wait to read your posts about international aeronautics. The new Airbus 380 flew in here the other day. I was too busy taking pics of swans to look up and get a shot.

By Anonymous KathyF, at 2:37 PM  

You're kind to say that, but trust me, Kathy--the things I haven't read would make your head spin. I'm talking about dozens of modern "classics," as well as several classic authors whose books I have yet to touch.

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