Top ten things people aren't saying about A Terminal Case of Whimsy:

"Thought-provoking. . . a delight to read." *

"Lurid, ingenious, beautiful, delicate, and very funny." **

"Spare, tense, powerful. . . searing." ***

"Wise, funny, and brilliant." ****

"A sublimely dark work of almost unbearable beauty." *****

"An absolutely devastating ridicule of all that is false, primitive, and vicious in current American life: the abuses of power, hero worship, aimless violence, materialistic obsession, intolerance, and every form of hypocrisy." ******

"Read it, and you'll feel altered, chastened - seared in the fire of something new." *******

"Elegantly succinct and well researched." ********

"No other writer tells better stories about the perpetual, the un-winnable, battle between narrative and truth." *********

"Subversive and hip."**********

* Lee Lescaze on Alan Lightman's Einstein's Dreams

** Benjamin Kunkel on Wells Tower's Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

*** Francine Prose on Junot Diaz's Drown

**** Gerald Stern on Billy Collins' Picnic Lightning

***** The Wall Street Journal on Frederick Busch's The Night Inspector

****** Terry Southern on William Burroughs' Naked Lunch

******* Washington Post Book World on Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything is Illuminated

******** Los Angeles Times on Peter Pringle's Food, Inc.

********* Margaret Talbot on Janet Malcolm's Two Lives

********** Robert McCrum on David Foster Wallace's Consider the Lobster


  1. I can't understand why nobody else has commented. Your list is hilarious! Thanks--I am enjoying looking through your blog for the first time-found it when I saw one of your images on google and wanted to see more of your work.