Sunday, October 16, 2005

Michael Mattis quote:

from his review of Lord Whimsy's "The Affected Provincial's Almanack, Vol. 1"--

There is dandyism, there is eccentricity, and then there is schtick. In most instances, Whimsy opts for the last. His peculiar insistence on reminding the reader that he rides a “high-wheeler” — one of those antiquated bicycle contraptions from the turn of the century, and presumably the source of the "muscular buttocks" of which he is fond of boasting — reminds one of the guy who shows up at a nightclub with a snake draped around his neck because he knows all the chicks will want to touch it. An amusing and effective bit once, perhaps, but after a short time he simply becomes known as “the weirdo with the snake.”

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