Superb woman-in-peril mystery let down by a repetitious second act.
White's novel , which inspired the exquisite 1946 film THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE... is...moreSuperb woman-in-peril mystery let down by a repetitious second act.
White's novel , which inspired the exquisite 1946 film THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE... is a craft class in mounting suspense and carefully constructed irony. YMy one quibble, and it's a large one is the misuse of the Nurse character and an abrubt climax that feels tacked on. Still, if you enjoy early-20th century mystery you should give this one a go. Well worth a look.(less)
Shamelessly biased but ruthlessly supported by reams of research, quotes, and citations... this book is a pretty brutal takedown of one of th...moreLOVED IT!
Shamelessly biased but ruthlessly supported by reams of research, quotes, and citations... this book is a pretty brutal takedown of one of the most vapid political Golems of the past 15 years. Dunn has built a dazzling bonfire of her inanities that every Palin-worshipping Republican should be forced to read.
That Sarah Palin is an opportunistic moron with the philosophical depth of a contact lens has been credibly established by 95% of the journalists and pundits on the planet. Even the hardcore Right has scrambled away from her aphoristic stupidity and relentless posturing. Her brief, ridiculous arc across the presidential horizon has pretty much buried itself in reality-TV banality...but this book is, in many ways, an expose of the shameless manipulation of the democratic process by lobbyists and handlers. I loved the granularity of the book's coverage, and I could easily extrapolate from this specific nitwit to the other hate-mongering cretins for whom she blazed a slimy trail.
So make no mistake: the book trumpets its partisan bent, but it also provides heaps and heaps of indisputable evidence indicating the reasons for that partisan bent. One cannot be "unbiased" about a politician whose sole purpose, whose sole intent, is the manufacture of bias!
Dunn enters his topic with an axe to grind, but takes pains to back up his claims with a relentless blow-by-blow demolition of every single facet of Sarah Palin's fabricated political persona. As an Alaskan, he is especially savvy about the Last Frontier sources (journalistic, political and otherwise) in ways that must have driven the Palin camp 'round the bend. Dunn FLAYS her with her own words, often providing minute-to-minute evidence of her sociopathic duplicity and lack of information.
The Tea-Party doyenne's fans would be hard-pressed to argue with his conclusions or to ignore the avalanche of damning proof he provides from colleagues, locals, and former employees...not to mention HER OWN emails, tweets, and interviews. I especially appreciated Dunn's insistence on credible sources and full citation of events in Alaska that slipped by most of the national media.
Dunn has crucified "Sarah Barracuda" on wood of her own chopping. This book read like a GOP/Fox News abbatoir. Critics of Ailes' and Murdoch's "infotainment" channel will find plenty to laugh at. It is written for people who actually prefer their polticial punditry with things like facts, research, and opinions based in something other than ideological purity... in other words, for educated Left-leaning folk. Biased indeed, but biased by reality.
For political junkies who enjoy fact-based reporting, this is a juicy, read with plenty to chew on and discuss after...even with Sarah fading into well-deserved obscurity.(less)