Blurbism of the Moment
August 6, 2005
Blender of Love--From Gelf Magazine's The Blurbs feature of misleading review blurbs. So by sending in my very selective quoting for the 'Blender, I now feel absolved of some vague sense of guilt...
New Yorker: "It will make you feel young again."
Actual line: "The Heart-on-Sleeve corner posts love poems and missives from visitors (mainly women), most filled with longing and self-pity. It will make you feel young again."
Not quoted: "An editorial page ('Kirk Rambles Regarding Romance') is somewhat puerile, and much of the correspondence is downright sophomoric. ... Its creator, Kirk Israel, is not ashamed to post his own fiction (thought you may be ashamed to read it)."
Israel also wasn't ashamed of his blurbism, emailing it to Gelf and good-naturedly writing, "I'm always tempted to change 'It will make you feel young again'The New Yorker to just 'Puerile'The New Yorker."