Disasterpiece Theater

Hello, I’m Louis Feinberg and welcome to Disasterpiece Theater. Our story this week is written by a little known, and even less cared about American author whose autobiography, “Dreams of Mediocrity” has become the poster-child for rejected short story manuscripts.

This week’s photo prompt is courtesy of Claire Fuller. Our unpaid sponsor, and a the gal with a smile as wide as Texas, is the lovely and talented, Rainbow Wisoff-Fields. To learn how to participate, in this weekly exercise in madness, visit her blog, http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/ after which, scroll down to the blue In Links critter and follow the links to other author’s blogs.


His mother in-law declared, “He’s a chip off the old block.” 

 “A nut doesn’t fall far from the tree, but this one is certain to roll further down hill,” remarked a well-known New York art critic.

“If he’s striving for mediocrity, he needs to lower his expectations,” wrote another.

Negative reviews fanned the fire of determination. “With God as my witness, I will be average,” he declared.

Despite half-hearted efforts to improve, his work remained far below the norm.

Then, for no apparent reason, he was commissioned to sculpt the bust of a hypocritical politician.

Overnight, he became a sensation.



32 thoughts on “Disasterpiece Theater

    1. Dear Rainbow,
      I expected you to give our readers some history on Louis Feinberg, the host of Disasterpiece Theater. Can’t you just picture him in a wingback chair, his curly hair sticking out like a Brillo pad, attempting to impersonate Alistaire Cooke?

  1. Dear Russell,

    You’re going to have to stop writng so well. I’m getting confused as to what is real and what imaginary. I give this a rave review despite the intent.



  2. As an expert in the mediocre, with many years experience, I have to tell you your story fell well above the bar. But it shows promise. Persevere and perhaps, with luck, you will acquire, eventually, some semblance of ‘average’.

  3. “A nut doesn’t fall far from the tree, but this one is certain to roll further down hill,” remarked a well-known New York art critic.

    That sounded like an authentic remark published in the New York Times Russell!

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