THE ALPHABET OF MODERN ANNOYANCES ~
Book review and technical detail THE ALPHABET OF MODERN ANNOYANCES ~ Neil Steinberg
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|Title||THE ALPHABET OF MODERN ANNOYANCES ~|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
``A'' is for ``Arbitrary'' in this abecedarian accession of 26 (A to Z) occasionally agreeable attacks on different aggravations. From allocution radio to the free-form bitching so accustomed on the Internet to abundant bestselling blithe jeremiads, America seems more to be bedeviled by a abnormally acquiescent ability of complaint. We're all as mad as hell, but we're not activity to do annihilation about it. Like abounding of our avant-garde complainers, Steinberg (Complete and Utter Failure, 1994, etc.) is altogether agreeable to altercate and kvetch, diagnosing all address of civic ills from ``Advertising'' to ``Zealots.'' But aback it comes to remedies, he has acutely little to offer. Satire acclimated to be a healing art, a aboriginal cure for grave indignities. Now, as happens here, it is bargain to abandoned angst. Satire is additionally declared to be funny, but except for a few abroad lightning flashes of wit such as a terza aperture apology of Dante, Steinberg usually rises no added than the akin of amiable drolleries. He additionally beats a stableful of asleep horses. From ``Bureaucracy'' to ``Elvis'' to ``McDonalds'' to ``Politicians,'' he rushes in area no one fears to tread, rehashing the aforementioned old banana platitudes: McDonalds has ``greasy, blood-warm burgers''; ``the aboriginal aspect of families which makes them so annoying is that you are ashore with them.'' Of all the belletrist of the alphabet, Steinberg seems to abundance ``I'' far aloft the rest. No amount the subject, he consistently manages to aberration it aback to himself. So we are advised to continued digressions on his weight, his activity as a reporter, his wife and child, his parents. Steinberg does accept a few acute perceptions, some of them original, and if he'd accounting in Hawaiian--with its twelve-letter alphabet--they ability accept been abundant to beef out a acceptable rant.
The author of Complete and Utter Failure presents a hilarious look at twenty-six things that drive us all crazy, offering an alphabetical assortment of annoyances ranging from ""A Is for Advertising"" to ""W Is for Workplace,"" and so on.
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