Joyce Carol Oates maybe has just been writing too long. Maybe she just doesn't have anything more to say. I have liked some of her stuff, I think. I can't remember anything that I read, but I know there was a short story that I liked, but man, High Crime Area was just so so so preachy. Oates is an evangelist for non-believers and that is fine, but to be a good evangelist you have to have something to say. Oates just says the same thing over and over and over and over and well, you get the idea. I love that the cover is super cheesy! At first when I saw it I thought, "This is kind of a cheesy cover for such a Woman of Letters!" but having read it, I find it perfect. Nothing new here.
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.