Friday, May 4, 2007

Welcome to the Harriet Klausner Appreciation Society !

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18 comments:

scotdog98 said...

Thanks for you hard work! Just a test to see if I figured it out.

Kelly

moderator said...

Looks good!

scotdog98 said...

It would help if I could spell. Can you add the "r" for me? I don't want to go down as the first Harriet blogger who has a typo. Hopefully it will soon be buried under 100's of comments. I guess I need to use the preview button!
Kelly

moderator said...

You should be able to edit your post. I'll check...

M Krysztofiak said...

This is going to be fun. Hello all, and welcome to the HKAS!

MK

moderator said...

Turns out comments cannot be edited. Bummer! But they can be deleted though (and reposted, I suppose).

scotdog98 said...

I don't want to delete. Then I wouldn't be #1!

Kelly

moderator said...

Then you must leave it like it is. It's a shame that comments can't be edited, but that's how this site works, and well... we've got it all for free, so we can't be too picky. :-)

Maybe we'll find some other place where comments can be edited; then we'll be able to move over there. For now we'll live with what we've got, just use the preview and remember to keep a copy of everything you don't want to lose.

Oh yeah, scotdog: could you try to post a message, not just a comment?

moderator said...

M. Krysztofiak made his entrance! Congratulations!

Barbara Delaney said...

So I see you chose to use the picture of the "old" Harriet Klausner, not the younger dark-haired photo she uses in some of her publicity. It reminds me of voting for the old Elvis/young Elvis postage stamp years ago. This particular photo reminds me a great deal of Maudie Frickert, the Jonathan Winters character.

Barbara Delaney said...

I am assuming that we can discuss other miscreants in the echelons of the top reviewers and not just HK? I think some of the comments on Grady Harp's reviews have been particularly interesting lately. I've also been amused that some of Mr. Harp's closest friends have made some name changes. Evidently M.J. Leonard feels that by becoming Michael Leonard he will escape detection by Mr. Harp's critics. As M.J. he used to remind voters not to forget that his review was immediately following Grady's.

I had noticed the name Bill Bradley appear as one of Grady's friends also, his name is appearing on several of Grady Harp's friends pages as well. I wonder how much he is aware of the company he's keeping.

M Krysztofiak said...

Have we come to a consensus regarding which books are permissible, regarding parodying Harriet Klausner's review "style?" I believe, in the interest of keeping true to the spirit of the enterprise, that we should limit our "reviews" to three paragraphs. Also, someone mentioned writing the reviews in an "anti-Harriet glowingly-negative" fashion. Not a bad idea, but perhaps we should first produce more familiar, "affirmative-sir" type reviews. We wouldn't want to produce feelings of negativity in the collective unconscious, now would we? Not quite yet, anyway. Got a rabbit and his b**** covering that particular dimension of responsibility already, now don't we?

Thoughts?

MK

Misfit said...

MK, yes it's time we start agreeing on the books and rules of this competition. We also need to get more "competitors" onto this blog and away from Amazon before they delete us.

I think the book suggestions were excellent.

The style should be the typical HK three paragraph.

Reviews must include typos and some storyline misrepresentation.

We have to choose a judge.

M Krysztofiak said...

Misfit,

Hilarious suggestions, especially the "typos" bit. Nice.

Can we "assign" required pseudo-colloquialisms, mangled-idioms, or Klausnerisms that must be included in submitted reviews? Perhaps contestants ("Look at ALL these WONDERFUL pri...," sorry) can choose from a list of 50-100 frequently-seen Harriet misspellings, grammatical errors, or head-scratching approximations of colloquial English, and include 10 (or so) of them in their entry. That way, creativity could remain intact while being framed within a set of standards.

Thoughts?

MK

Barbara Delaney said...

Did anyone see Boudville's baker's dozen of reviews today? He has covered the globe, in a quite literal sense. Amazing as it may be that HK can zoom through half a dozen bodice rippers a day this man's reading is truly staggering.

I know nothing about the highly technical books he reviews, but he also reviews many books of a geo-political nature. The thought of someone reading one of these books in less than a day, knowing and retaining what they read, and writing an in-depth, helpful review is well beyond my capacity to suspend disbelief.

Barbara Delaney said...

I also noticed that JJJS's comments had almost all been removed from Boudville's reviews. Amazon moderators have been busy. Somehow I don't think they are the brightest, most discerning people in the world. They removed one comment of mine because I said HK was crepuscular. What do you suppose they thought it meant?

moderator said...

Yup, they are busy removing my -- I'm not sure what (dont' remember) -- but probably daily Boudville statistics. The new WBoud. dump is mind boggling. I wonder why he changed his strategy from a bit every day to a major unload more rarely.

moderator said...

Barbara wrote:
>I am assuming that we can discuss other
>miscreants in the echelons of the top
>reviewers and not just HK?

But of course! I hope we do. At least you can say anything you want here and nothing will get removed by Amazon.