A partial list of famous authors I dissed last night at Grumpy’s much to the chagrin of some classmates

  • Alice Munro: She’s a big dull dud, her stories are slow and boring. In her defense Kurt said her sentences sparkle, I said I must have fell asleep before that happened.
  • Jhumpa Lahiri: Too controlled, no joy in her writing.
  • Marilynne Robinson: The Alice Munro of Iowa, zzzzzz.

I did, however, mention how much I loved Jean Thompson, Stacey Richter, and Mary Gaitskill.

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  1. v 18.Nov.08 at 3:44 pm

    I’m issuing you a big hell yeah on that Alice Munro dislike. I read a New Yorker story of hers last night; it just plodded along in a very Canadian fashion.

  2. Lerren 18.Nov.08 at 11:03 pm

    Oh, I second (third?) that Alice Munro comment – we had to read several of her books in high school *because she is Canadian.* I hated every second of it, and nearly failed the course due to class-skipping.

  3. Peabo 19.Nov.08 at 11:31 pm

    Yay!! More haters!! Alice Munro sucks. And I also agree with your assessment that Robinson is the Iowan Munro.

  4. rykart 11.Oct.13 at 7:53 pm

    Robbe-Grillet she aint.

  5. Suzie 10.Jan.14 at 7:11 am

    Alice Munro is quite possibly the most undeserving author they could have picked for the 2013 Nobel Literature prize. I concur wholeheartedly with the sentiments that her stories are boring and dull, and would like to add that they are harder to follow than the ramblings of a junkie tripping on meth. Her writing has no passion, is devoid of soul, and reads more like a grocery list than a riveting story worthy of such accolades as she’s been given.

    In short: she sucks big-time.


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