An Incoherent Truth

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It’s commonly said that the America Left starts where the European Right ends. In this country we enjoy having a good laugh at Fox shill Glenn Beck, the Michael J Pollard-lookalike who makes sure that any liberal argument set before the American people is shouted down in an avalanche of cliched hysterics, but he’s having the last laugh now. His sixth book, a novel called The Overton Window may have been universally ridiculed by critics, but it has shot to No1 in the New York Times bestsellers list, beating the third Steig Larsson book.

“Thrillers often are marred by laughable prose, but few have stumbled along with language as silly as this one,” says the Washington Post, pointing to hero Noah’s reaction on meeting patriot Molly: “Something about this woman defied a traditional chick-at-a-glance inventory.” The Los Angeles Times agreed. “You really can’t make this stuff up.” Purple prose includes this now-infamous gem from a hilariously inept bedroom scene; “Suit yourself, lady. I’m telling you right now, you made the rules, but you’re playing with fire here. I’ve got some rules, too, and rule number one is, don’t tease the panther.“

The political thriller posits itself as ‘faction’ and appears, rather shadily, to have a number of authors, only one of whom is the far-right pundit. Quite a few of the Amazon reader reviews are excited by the fact that it’s a ‘clean’ novel you can recommend to members of your family, provided they’re virtually illiterate and terrified that a secret power elite is ganging up on them. And while we’re talking about conspiracy theories, it’s very hard to find Beck’s rebuttal of the negative reviews online – they keep vanishing. Now there’s an idea for a novel!

One comment on “An Incoherent Truth”

  1. Sisi says:

    Big secret of the best sellers lists– the figures for certain types of books are inflated by bulk buys made by right-wing front groups to distribute to their members. The key signs is how fast the book goes down in price. e.g., Palin’s “Going Rogue” went down to cup of coffee level in a matter of days, versus the parody version, “Going Rouge” which had a more normal trajectory. It may never be known how many people bought the parody, and never noticed.

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