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 Comments on “Disasterpiece Theater

  1. Dear Rabaul,
    You have me rolling! A person has to work hard to achieve such a high level of mediocrity. You’ve done fairly well, Padawan.


    • 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?


  2. 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.




    • Dear Doug,
      We have a saying in the Ozarks that is in essence the theme for this story. “Even a blind hog finds an acorn once in while.”


  3. Brilliant! The laughs kept on coming. Though where you get the idea that politicians have two faces I just don’t know…


  4. 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’.


  5. It’s a scary fact that half, I repeat half of the population is below average. Striving for mediochracy is an excellent ambition for many. Very well written.. So you might have to go a little lower to hit the average. 🙂


  6. Poor guy, desined to either under- or over-achieve every time. I enjoyed your story and especially the criticisms, Russell. I wish my critics could be as witty!


  7. “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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