I hate to judge a book by its cover but, frankly, I do it all the time both literally and metaphorically. Here’s a rather neat and quite perfectly formed example just for you. With special guest appearance from Kato.
Sent: Monday, 18 June 2012 11:23 AM
Subject: Is it just me…..
Or does this sound like The Worst Book Ever?
“I don’t know a single person who wouldn’t benefit from reading Sheila Heti’s new novel, How Should a Person Be?, a rumination on art, friendship and the other major questions of existence. This “novel from life” features a character named Sheila, who lives (as the author does) in Toronto. In the beginning of the book, Sheila’s friends Margaux and Sholem, both painters, decide to have an “ugly painting competition,” to see who can create the ugliest painting, a process which proves more difficult than expected. In the meantime, Sheila struggles with the challenges of her friendship with Margaux, her inability to write a commissioned play about women, and a sexual obsession with a man named Israel. Combined, these conflicts lead her to the question: “how should a person be?”
Sent: Monday, 18 June 2012 11:32 AM
Subject: RE: Is it just me…..
I started laughing when I got to “her inability to write a commissioned play about women” and basically didn’t stop.