The joke’s on The Hot Air Brigade

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Would it be un­kind to sug­gest that we wouldn’t ex­pect The Phoenix to recog­nise satire – how­ever ham-fisted – if it bit them on the bum? Prob­a­bly.

At any rate, the Ir­ish mag­a­zine doesn’t seem to have un­der­stood that this writer’s re­cent re­view of The White Rib­bon 3D was an April Fool.

In its lat­est is­sue, a quote from the re­view ap­pears in The Hot Air Brigade col­umn, a com­pi­la­tion of pre­ten­tious writ­ing, which is The Phoenix’s take on Pri­vate Eye’s Pseuds’ Cor­ner.

The lead piece con­tains the fol­low­ing wad of cod ver­bosity: “Yet the proto-earthly in­ten­sity of the sub-Monos­tro­vian nar­ra­tive re­mains vis­i­bly, un­com­fort­ably strat­i­fied. Val Kilmer’s de­ranged turn as the aus­tere Bap­tist preacher . . .” And so on.

It seems the good peo­ple at the mag­a­zine didn’t note the pe­cu­liar six stars – last awarded to Sail Proof Lady (an ana­gram, folks) – the sus­pi­cious in­clu­sion of Val Kilmer in the cast list, the gen­eral ab­sur­dity of the pro­ject and, dare I say it, the de­lib­er­ately ludicrous pro­lix­ity of the prose. “Monos­tro­vian” isn’t even a bleed­ing word, for Pete’s sake.

Oh well. We are at least grate­ful that they flat­tered this cor­re­spon­dent by print­ing a by­line photo taken in 1955 or so.

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