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Snark

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Snark, David Denby

Snark

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
David Denby
genre:
History, Nonfiction

We gave it a C+

New Yorker film critic David Denby, in a huff about the low levels of ? discourse in the media and online, spends a third of this slight ?polemic combing through the history of Snark, from Lewis Carroll’s coinage, back to Roman poet Juvenal, and up through the newsstands of the 1980s. Then, after identifying endless examples of published attacks as either good or bad — for ”life would be intolerable without any snark at all” — he leaves us with an enervated challenge to ? ”go and commit” insulting and nasty (but ”clean”!) tirades. Alas, if there’s one thing that doesn’t inspire such vituperation, it’s well-meaning but muddled mediocrity. C+

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