Monday, February 04, 2008

Ben Karlin

I'm Not Finished With Books Just Yet

On the Omnivoracious blog, contributor Brad Thomas Parsons interviews Ben Karlin, a former editor at The Onion and more famously known as an executive producer of "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report," which he co-created. More recently, Karlin edited the anthology "Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me."

I finished reading the anthology last week, and like most anthologies there are some clunkers. The most painful to read was "Lesson #46: She Wasn't the One" by Bruce Jay Friedman, a short story writer, who manages to take a 12-page story and make it feel like just the boring bits of a 900-page tome. I wish Friedman's piece was the one redacted instead of Stephen Colbert's humorous, if too short, contribution.

The strongest pieces included contributions by Dan Savage, Larry Wilmore and David Rees. "Things I've Learned" is a fun anthology, imperfect, but still worth a look.


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