I was leafing through the archives of Alan Edwards’ blog and found this (fictional) book review, which I repeat for its topicality:
Tom Cruise (Overcoming Adversity) by Phelan Powell
Pig-ignorance no bar to fame and fortune February 11, 2002
public only see the glamour – but Phelan Powell shows the significant
obstacles Tom Cruise has overcome in order to live his life of pampered
opulence. In Cruise’s case dyslexia was the obstacle – it nearly cost
him the part of the barman in "Cocktail" (he thought it was a film
about cockatiels and told his agent he "didn’t do parrots") and he
bought his own wildebeeste to research the part of Lt Maverick Mitchell
in "Top Gnu".
Actually I’ve enjoyed a few Tom Cruise films so I should state that in the tradition of British fair play. But he is better looking than me. So I hate him. And most men.
I can’t resist another one:
The Pop-Up Book of Phobias by Gary Greenberg
Tremendous August 27, 2001
pop-up book is sure to be a winner – the spiders and snakes seem to
leap out of the page at you. Well-conceived and beautifully executed,
it even had something for my homophobic Uncle Sandy.