A Snarkling confesses:
okay... here's a real problem: I liked some of the writing (in the Nicole Richie "book"). I laughed at this line: "At Mode, people acted up, hooked up, and threw up, and the paparazzi stood outside to shoot the stars as they went in looking fabulous and staggered out totally gone." I'm sorry--but mostly for myself. Obviously I need to get out more or consume less junk food. Anyone have any suggestions about what I should be reading to regain some taste?
Dickens. Dive into Bleak House. It will take you a month to get through it but you'll have reconfigured your reading synapses.
After a bout with my slush pile, or my requested manuscript pile I always have to read something to "retune" my ear. Really good detective fiction and thrillers are my "oboe" of choice. I just finished the new PD James TO THE LIGHTHOUSE and there is a delicious thrill in seeing a master at her craft.
For every Nicole Richie who gets a book deal cause those very smart folks over at Harper know how to read the pop culture zeitgeist, there are at least ten people getting published that aren't awful and aren't getting the attention Mizz Richie is. Take heart Snarklings. It's not the end of the world. I will announce when that is upon us and advise you of the reading list for the train trip.