Dorothy Parker wrote my favorite book review of all time for her Constant Reader column for the New Yorker. She was assigned A.A. Milne’s House at Pooh Corner. I wonder why, I cannot imagine a poorer match of book and critic. Her review was acerbic, describing how Pooh added tiddely pom to his ditty because it made it more hummy. “It is that word ‘hummy,’ my darlings, that marks the first place in The House at Pooh Corner at which Tonstant Weader Fwowed up.”
I do not like grade inflation in schools or in books, but since I am self-selecting, I am expecting that most of the books I read will be good. My one to five scale is not a scale where three is average; three is good. Even two is good, simply not as good as I hoped.
I chose the name Tonstant Weader in order to remind myself to be fearless when writing my book reviews. I can’t be as witty as Parker, but I can strive to be as fearless.