Sunday, February 08, 2004

feeding frenzy

Will Self is a bit of controversial journalist as journalists come. He was the restaurant critic for The Observer for 2 years in the 1990s and wrote for several other British papers like The Independent. Self's also an author.

Apparently he got fired from The Observer after admitting to have taken heroin while onboard then-Prime Minister John Major's plane while covering the campaign.'

More info on Will Self and his exploits can be found Here

What I am concerned with though is his book Feeding Frenzy. While not really a proper book, it is instead a collection of his articles writing for the various magazines and dailies. It's chock-full of restaurant reviews, book reviews, art exhibition commentaries and so on. It's just bursting at the seams really.

I was a little confused at how to go about reading it cos there wasn't a listing of the various reviews and it doesn't really seem to follow any order so I decided to just flip around and read whatever caught my eye. And I like his restaurant reviews. They are delightfully irreverent, sometimes barely commenting on the food until right at the end. Although I'm sure some people will (and probably have) comment that he is terribly self-indulgent and a bit wacky. But that's what Self admits -- that he is eccentric. And that's what's important really. Admitting that you are. ha

anyway i did a quick search on but the book is not to be found there. I suppose it's seriously a Brit thing...

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