055 — List of the Lost


LISTENER ADVISORY: it is okay to like the Smiths, who were good; it is defensible to like Morrissey, because there’s no accounting for tastes; but if you like this book, there is something seriously wrong with your Literature Appreciation Module. This episode, we’re taking on an oft-anticipated “novel” by former Smiths frontman and one-time cultural icon Morrissey. It’s a slim volume of overwritten truisms and underedited sentences going under the pointless title List of the Lost. Buckle in, friends, because this might be, sentence by sentence, the worst-written book J. and Collision have endured.

Thrill to: more singing than normal! Be amazed by: Collision’s vast, weighty knowledge of hip-hop! Slog through: a book whose only reason for existing seems to be that ol’ Mozzer isn’t convinced you’ve heard quite enough about animal rights, sexual repression, and the dismal, deleterious effects of … television news. Collision apologizes for his limpest approach to Plot in 60 yet. J. gets deep into personal, political, and pre-post-hardcore history. We all have a really good laugh at how Morrissey seems to think heterosexual sex acts work.

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