Monday, December 15, 2003

A nail in the coffin for Esperanto 

From Publisher's Weekly (which has now become subscription-only):

Tomorrow Shirley MacLaine, author of Out on a Leash: Exploring the Nature of Reality and Love (Atria, $23.95; Audioworks unabridged
cassette, $26, unabridged CD, $30), makes her initial appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show. PW wished that MacLaine's urge to write had
been reined in. "Wandering, incoherent and self-congratulatory, MacLaine's 10th book will not earn her new fans. The book alternates
between MacLaine's own voice and that of her dog, Terry, with whom the author communicates in 'humanimal,' which, she says, is a 'purer, more
direct form of language' than English."

I suddenly have the urge to massacre those fine lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner's: "I talk to my dog, but he won't listen to me..."

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