The Washington Post recently posted a video review of Mona Simpson's My Hollywood, and the results are ... painful. I love Charles as a writer. I've quoted his stuff in this forum several times. But as a video guy, he makes a good print reviewer.
Judge for yourself.
Although I found the humor mostly painful, I appreciate the effort and look forward to future video book reviews from other book reviewers. If anyone has good examples to share, please post them here.
I suspect that, as with so many other areas, like movie reviews, the best writers don't make for good on-camera personalities. Writers tend to read what they've written for print, and it doesn't work as broadcast-friendly text. Charles is, at least, animated and doesn't look uncomfortable, even if he is a bit awkward.
Also, look at all those edits! Some thought went into this. It's not the one-shot, on-the-cheap spot I was expecting.
Edited by Christian, 26 August 2010 - 11:35 AM.