July 19, 2008

And that's all I have to say about that

Posted by Daniel Radosh


what? did I miss something?

I would imagine it's in reference to Tara McElvey's dismissive New York Times review of Rapture Ready! ... and in a Nonfiction Chronicle roundup of brief reviews, no less.

After quoting some funny lines and listing a few stops on Radosh's tour, McElvey concludes (and yes, the entire review is one long paragraph):

Radosh can be funny, mentioning someone with “an apparently pathological ignorance of the concept of personal space” and describing “Jack Bauer’s Having a Bad Day” as a book that “draws ‘unexpected faith truths’ from ‘24.’ ” But he is “parachuting” in, often hitting well-trod ground. He offers a superficial view of things, lacking the sophistication of other writers who have looked at the evangelical world. It seems odd to classify the work of Graham Greene, a writer with a complicated relationship to Roman Catholicism, as “Christian” fiction, as Radosh does. In this book, though, nuance usually falls by the wayside.

Here are McElvey's bona fides:

Tara McKelvey, a senior editor at The American Prospect, is a frequent contributor to the Book Review and the author of “Monstering: Inside America’s Policy of Secret Interrogations and Torture in the Terror War.”

That would be McKelvey. Oops.

"Radosh[‘s]…goal, he says, is to write about the $7 billion Christian pop-culture industry and shed light on this exotic … world. He finds plenty of … surprises, too. Radosh can be funny… But he… offers…super… sophistication…[i]n this book."

Feels like a rave to me.

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