Monday, November 20, 2017
My Mistake by Daniel Menaker
Writing Style: Modern Language Association (MLA) upmarket literature.
Pacing: Moderately fast.
Personal Highlights: This was another book where I collected many notes, nodded in agreement... at intervals and in key locations... such as (i.e) ...book publishing financial affairs. I as well admired the writing...an interchangeable mix of long, wending sentences (like here), to bumpy, curt incomplete 'you get the point' thoughts. Mostly I laughed. Hard in fact...and a lot... often to the point of falling off the chair. I mean, ‘seeing his mother’s footprints on the wall’... ‘and by God if he can like poetry, so can I’ ... ‘the daffy lipstick look’... ‘the pell-mell Paulinese’ and far too many other observations to list here—I howled.
Overall, the historical value of what working for influential publishers entailed renewed my respect for this bumptious cloistered culture. There is just so much to comment on. In short, and paraphrasing Mr. Menaker's style... considerately. This work is engaging. Insightful. Touching. Unique. And frankin' freakin' (in too many locations) hilarious! LOVED THIS MEMOIR.