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The Braindead Megaphone by George Saunders
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In an effort to read more work outside of my usual comfort-zone (which consist mainly of science fiction, fantasy, and their sub genres) I have picked up a few collections of essays to peruse. I have mainly read "for fun" recently, and try to pick out books I am likely to enjoy, either based on knowing the author's work or seeing a review from an author I follow that rates a work favourably. While still hoping to enjoy these essays, it's definitely outside my usual reads... so I am trying to keep an open mind!

While published in 2007, much of what is here is still relevant today. In particular, the first essay about the "Megaphone Guy" and the simplification of language in media.

Here's an excerpt from that section: (view spoiler)

There's a fair bit of truth to this which, and I have often found a lack of interest in the news for this reason... When worded this way, though, it's clear how silly the process really is. I have noticed similar setups on the news, both in American and Canadian television. It's a good reminder though, for what to avoid in one's own writing. Wasting time and being unnecessarily repetitive to take up more time, rather than being concise. I would much rather be concise.

While I found a few of the essays to be interesting, many were not of topics that could not keep my attention for long. I found myself skimming, or skipping some essays outright after a few paragraphs. There were others, though, about storytelling which I found useful and are likely to also appeal to those with similar interest.

Overall, the essays are well-written and the author has a distinct voice in his writing. His work is easy to read and follow and is, oftentimes, humerous as well.
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February 12, 2019 – Shelved
February 12, 2019 – Shelved as: non-fiction
February 12, 2019 – Shelved as: essay
February 12, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019
February 12, 2019 – Shelved as: humour
February 12, 2019 – Shelved as: reviews
February 12, 2019 – Shelved as: e-books
February 12, 2019 – Finished Reading

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