Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Pet Peeve

Richard Cohen has an article about President Bush's reading list as provided by Karl Rove. He makes a great, if not entirely novel, point about the list being long but narrow. One more example of the president's unwillingness to consider other points of view. Great. I'm all on board with the idea.

But then Richard Cohen says this:

Bush read some novels, but they are mostly pre-movies, plotted not written, and lacking the beauty of worldly cynicism. I recommend Giuseppe di Lampedusa's "The Leopard." Delicious.
Delicious. I can think of no other word that makes me consider its user more pompous or pretentious. And for some reason it is literature that most often brings out this behavior in people. Other known causes are art films, installations, and general prickishness.

1 comment:

Brian Rules the World said...

I completely agree, only in literature, art and architecture do you see this ingrained pomposity, or douche-baggery, as we common folks are more apt to call it...

I'm a bit amazed that Bush found time to read 91 books in 2006. I read more than your average person, and I have difficulty reading 20 in a year, what with all of my other responsibilities. How does the leader of the free world find the time?

Of course, maybe this explains his lack of planning and foresight in Iraq...

 

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