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Post #318 • July 8, 2004, 7:48 AM • 3 Comments

Someone once said that diplomacy is the art of telling someone to go to hell in such a manner that he looks forward to the trip. One of the classiest fiskings I've ever seen by Jonathan Jones for the Guardian:

Whatever the quality of the works Saatchi has bought in just these past few months, he has seen some very new and unpublicised things. When I got sent a catalogue for an exhibition a couple of months ago that claimed to tell the life of a child prodigy whose drawings and writings document a strange, sad existence, I thought about reviewing it but decided it looked unoriginal and overwrought. Saatchi not only went to see it, but bought the entire contents of the exhibition, which now fill a room at County Hall. It still seems unoriginal and overwrought, and now, apparently, has been exposed as a hoax. But you can't complain that Saatchi doesn't bring you the very latest thing, direct from the Nowhere Gallery in Nonentity Road.

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oldpro

July 8, 2004, 4:03 PM

I had to look this up, so I assume that some of your readers may not know what it means:

fisking: n.
[blogosphere; very common] A point-by-point refutation of a blog entry or (especially) news story. A really stylish fisking is witty, logical, sarcastic and ruthlessly factual; flaming or handwaving is considered poor form. Named after Robert Fisk, a British journalist who was a frequent (and deserving) early target of such treatment.

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Standard Gerbil

July 8, 2004, 10:09 PM

A fortune is a terrible thing to waste.

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oldpro

July 9, 2004, 7:01 AM

You're right, Gerbil. Minds are a dime a dozen.

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