To-day’s short story was short. Shorter than the author had anticipated. Mitzi Szereto’s “Hell is where the heart is” only earned my attention for almost 3 of its 34 pages. A couple of things: 1. The jokes are not funny. She tries too hard, similar to Nate‘s stand up comedy. 2. In the almost 3 pages she launches into tangents that are supposed to be funny, but then makes the cardinal errors, “Ah, but I digress…” and “Oh, there I go, digressing again.” It’s very third grade. 3. It is a take on the Faustian bargain, but form what I can tell does not offer anything new to the genre. And it is a deal with the devil to seek revenge on a guy for an emotional breakup. I am not interested in reading about someone so pathetic that she wants to deal with the devil for emotional revenge. 4. This is really the cardinal error. This volume is from a publishing hosue I have never before heard of and I am unfamiliar with many of the writers yet I am willing to take a risk. But, the editor of the volume is Mitzi Szereto. I have dropped classes just because the professor is the author of the textbook, and sometimes those people are ‘experts’. When planning my publishing house I think about doing this very thing but I refuse because I find it so droll.
- Meandering, rambling and then Donald Bartheleme.
- Buruma 2009