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Morrissey: file under Classic Humour

John Rentoul

morissey Morrissey: file under Classic HumourI disagree with my esteemed colleague Boyd Tonkin about Morrissey’s autobiography (first page, right, courtesy of Jenny Colgan).

That it should be published as a Penguin Classic is a joke, and quite a good one.

One witticism could destroy the credibility of the Penguin Classics brand only if everyone’s face were po-shaped. After all, this is an imprint that has published all sorts of turgid stuff by Turgenev and Dostoevsky.

A selection of the 13 most Morrissey bits is here.

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  • chrishaines47

    Please, please, please give me what I want – a free country. Land fit for heroes? We are still waiting. “The Iraq war got rid of many surplus economic units” Anthony Blair, Hon member for Texas East.

  • Pacificweather

    Turgid! Turgenev and Dostoevsky! Where was ya brung up lad! Did ya not get no education?

    Who is Morrissey?

  • ZacMurdoch

    I can take the Penguin Classics thing as a joke – but what is that ‘center’ doing mid page? Not just pretentious crap – it’s Americanised pretentious crap.

  • porkfright

    If you really think Dostoievsky is no more than turgid stuff, then there is little hope for you.


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