Friday, 15 June 2007

The art of saying nothing

Wendyl Nissen. And her columns. Has there ever been so much writing about so little for which someone has paid so much? If you too want to see several thousand words used to say as little as possible -- and what Herald on Sunday reader doesn't, apparently -- then head right over to her blog full of "outraged" columns and discover what several thousand words of award-winning journalism look like in the raw. Several thousand short words. Take notes! Be as "outraged" as she is when she publishes them. And see if you can work out the technique whereby she gets those short outraged words to giggle. [Hat tip Mrs Smith at Idle Vice].

UPDATE: Oh dear God! The woman's writing a novel! It's not enough that she fills news space and TV and radio air-time with vapid drivel, now she wants to fill the remainder bins as well! Lawd help us!


  1. well most of the Herald on Sunday is trashy. Most of New Zealand's newspapers, fullstop, are trashy. They are not worthy of our consumption. Too many idiots writing in them.

  2. I must give Harper Collins a try...

  3. Ah, we saw ya sucking up, Oswald. Hah!

  4. or trying to get more hits on my site with a mention in a paper ;-)

  5. I don't buy those papers. They are utter rubbish. Muck regurgitated by fools for fools to read and for fools to believe in. And those awful papers are owned by uncivil cads anyhow. Why give them the money? Better to buy a pack of smokes any day.


  6. What is a 'newspaper'?
    What is a "Simon Dallow" or a 'Wendyl'?

    Stopped reading Sundays when Kere Woodham became a respected and learned commentator!!

  7. Haven't read the Sunday papers for donkeys' years. Crap.

    And thanks for confirming what I've always thought regarding Wendyl Nissen. I thought it was just me.

    Not only vapid, but whining with it.


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