Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sheer brilliance

Whoever wrote this catalog copy for the book I'm editing deserves very special recognition:

"By having the principal actors speak for themselves, Yada Yada provides a unique critique of the Blah Blah administration."

Why brilliant? Because "having the principal actors speak for themselves" and "a unique critique" are exceptionally creative euphemisms to describe the fact that the author wrote a mere 3 percent of the book. The remaining 416 pages comprise quotations.