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Wasn't Josh Feit in a hardcore band called Squeamish Margit?

Posted by SEAN NELSON, EMERITUS | January 9, 2007 2:15 PM
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“Well, that’s…,” wince, end.

Ha! Nicely done.

Posted by foghorn | January 9, 2007 2:58 PM
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Man this nails Rankin's personality on the head. She is a snore. She's the wife of a friend's friend's neighbor or something so I have met her socially and it's no better up close and personal. I'd rather have met the later Rev Dantica.

That said, I don't think that this is a unique experience in Seattle. Most readings/talks I've been to are all icing and no cake. The questions from the audiences seem to be steer clear of anything 'controversial' like the existence of the poor and brutalized or an opinion not held by sanitized sources like New York Times Book Review or New York Review of Books. Come to think of it, the last really smart and entertaining author talk I attended was Michael Eric Dyson about a year-and-a-half ago. The most boring question was posed by a over-educated Rankin type.

Posted by Wondering Willa | January 9, 2007 3:55 PM
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Well, to be fair, much as I dislike the over-educated pretentious type, I also know that I prefer these sort of questions to another round of 'What inspires you? Who is your favorite author? Are your characters based on real people?' and so on. I expect if the audience hadn't been such a good one, you might have been glad for even some pretentious twaddle.

Posted by Megan | January 9, 2007 4:09 PM
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I love Danicat's books and I wish that I could have seen her last night. I did not know that her uncle died in US custody. That is such so terrible.

Posted by Papayas | January 9, 2007 7:06 PM
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That nails it!!! My entire notes of the evening were: "blah, blah, blah" -- because of Margrit! She doesn't understand that her entire job is to be INTERESTED in the speaker. Margrit wants to come off as the smartest person in the room -- but she's an idiot! Save us from Margrit! She should be "promoted" into another job.

Posted by Pretentious Brian | January 10, 2007 3:36 PM

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