An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge

My dad once said to me, "You give a lot of books three stars." I do.

Bird by Bird

I don't rate DNFs, but if I did this would be a two-star or under book.


Anne Lamott is just a writer I don't like. I read her book Blue Shoe several years ago and found it boring (I can barely remember a thing about it).


I found her voice so annoying in Bird by Bird I had to quit (the chapter on jealousy is what did me in. I just hit a breaking point and stopped reading).


There's no advice in this book that I haven't found elsewhere. I found nothing inspiring in it. If felt like the whole book was Lamott quoting other people (and then saying how she gives this advice to her students, sometimes giving credit sometimes not) and talking flippantly about mental illnesses. There's a really ableist vibe to the whole book that I did not enjoy at all (the bit about "rocking like an autistic* child" was the worst).


If you're looking for a book on writing advice, I'm sure you can find one that's better than this.


*I'm uncertain if it should be a lower case or capital a, but in the book it is a lower case a so I left it as such. If anyone knows if there is a preferred usage, please let me know, too.