This is one of my favorite pieces of writing lately. I have signed up for the Powell’s newsletter, which is irritating, and I believe I will stop it soon – but I have also been receiving the Review-a-Day mailing, which is great. That’s where I found this, and it’s what a review should be. My favorite bit:
My gut feeling is that if you honestly do not believe that this is bad writing, then you are a part of the problem. When I finished The Black Veil I scrawled “Lies! Lies! All lies!” on the cover and considered my job done.