I’m reading Charles Portis’ Masters of Atlantis, and on the back of the edition I got from the library are blurbs about some of Portis’ other books, beginning with The Dog of the South and this blurb from Walter Clemons of Newsweek:
It’s a beauty! Reading it is like being held down and tickled.
I’m not sure why the publisher would choose to use this blurb. The bland chirpiness of the first sentence followed by the creepy imagery of the second do not combine to make a great sales pitch. Still, it almost makes me want to take a look at the Clemons piece that it was pulled from. Almost.