Note to Red Room readers: I keep forgetting to copy/paste blog entries over here! Must remember to do that.
When you’re born and raised in the East Bay, you don’t call San Francisco “San Francisco”, you call it “The City”. And you definitely don’t call it by any cutesy nicknames (though I admit I always liked Baghdad by the Bay until the first Gulf War ruined that one). So I have to thank The City’s big paper, the San Francisco Chronicle, for running an excellent review of Slanted and Enchanted by Eryn Loeb. This is the first long review of the book to address it and its subject manner in a thoughtful, meaningful way*. I’d toss some quotes in here, but Loeb’s writing is excellent, so I encourage you to take a look of your own. The Chronicle, like a lot of major newspapers, has recently gone through several rounds of downsizing, so I applaud their effort to keep book reviews a priority. This has not been the case with so many other newspapers, and it’s sad for readers who are losing the multiple perspectives afforded by having different critical voices chime in. Anyway, read it — I enjoyed it, and not just because it’s about my book, honestly!
*I’ve been debating whether or not I should say something (beyond gripes to friends) about the rather nasty and mean spirited review of the book that appeared in one of our local free weeklies (which is owned by a horrible, corrupt corporation *AHEM*), but I think I’ll just leave well enough alone. As my friend reminded me today, this is polarizing subject matter, and people are always going to pitch a fit when they don’t like how you talk about something that matters to them. And that can lead to intelligent, engaged debate. It can also lead to people saying some really dumb shit.
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