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December 7, 2013 11:45 AM   Subscribe

I just read the greeting card chapter, and the voice is really inconsistent. It starts out fairly dry and seems really promising, but steadily becomes more obvious and forced as the piece goes on.

The odd thing is that it's such a steady rise to forced that it almost seems intentional. If it were possible to objectively chart something like that, it's pretty much a 45 degree slope. Whether it's intentional or not, it wrecks the suspension of disbelief from the promising start.

Also, the first propaganda poster is pretty good, particularly the believable art, but in theme it almost seems like a parody of existing Soviet poster parodies. The other two posters are much less good.
posted by Mayor Curley at 1:24 PM on December 7, 2013

Oh but there's some delightful concatenations of words in there.

"Getting “US Johnnies” hooked on drug-laced wads of boiled horsemeat is considered by many historians to be the first Soviet ingredient in the “conflict soup” that would soon become known as the Cold War"

... or my favorite - "Bolshevik Bill the Freedom Ferret"
posted by spamandkimchi at 1:56 PM on December 7, 2013

Also "Enjoy the final distribution of goods based on need and social relations this season" postcard seems like a good replacement for the penguins and Santa Claus cards I've yet to buy.
posted by spamandkimchi at 2:02 PM on December 7, 2013 [1 favorite]

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