There’s a certain joy that comes with reading a great literary takedown, the kind of mean but intelligent and precise review that eviscerates the pretensions and the sloppiness of a truly awful book.
Over in Britain, they think of a good pan as a kind of public service, and they award a prize for the best pan of the year. “The Hatchet Job of the Year,” it’s called, and it’s handed out by “The Omnivore,” a review-aggregating website.
Now in its second year, the prize is awarded to “the writer of the angriest, funniest, most trenchant book review of the past twelve months.”
Nominations are in for the U.K.’s Golden Hatchet Award for literary criticism.
This article even provides links to the nominated reviews, if you’d like to take a look at them for yourself.