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David Denby’s “OUT of the FURNACE” Barely More Than Kindling

In response to David Denby’s 103‑word review of Out of the Furnace on New Yorker

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In “OUT OF THE FURNACE”, David Denby delivers a piece so abysmal, it’s not worth the time, much less the “effort”, it took to create.  

The audience may be asking the same question of this work as many of Denby’s peers ask of the subject: What happened? How could a n author be so lax and unmotivated as to create something so skimpy, underdeveloped and ultimately devoid of value? That question may haunt the reader for some time after perusing this astoundingly trite text, should they choose to do so at all. It certainly is not a time consuming read by any stretch. However, the mark of engaging literature is not measured by the size of its diatribe but on the quality of its content. Additionally, a piece of this genre also requires a sound argument. Sadly, the content is sorely lacking here, and the argument… virtually nonexistent.  

In fact, it’s almost impossible to discern what Denby’s ultimate message is, even after reviewing it multiple times. On one hand, it seems to praise certain elements of the plot and paint them such that it encourages the audience to investigate further. But it simultaneously condemns other aspects, seemingly in an attempt to ward them off. And sometimes, he seems to both praise and condemn.  He does this by portraying certain situations as something specific readers who enjoy this type of thing might gleam some value from. But as a whole, it makes no definitively conclusive determination on the subject, thereby failing miserably in its purpose.

How something as trite, empty and misleading as this is allowed to exist is beyond reason. It should be cast into the fires and incinerated.    

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