"A Very American Question"

Michelle Obama's thoughts exactly, substituting eloquence and sophistication for bitter gaucherie. We've indeed received a poor return on our "First Lady" investment.

Posted by raincityjazz at March 23, 2015 11:21 AM

Short on time today so I'll just ask.

Was that novel created as a parody of literature or of socialism or of Rand? Or did it just work out that way?

Posted by KTWO at March 23, 2015 11:39 AM

Had me cackling out loud.

Last year I reread Allen Drury's classic work, "Advise and Consent". It was written nearly 60 years ago, and yet remarkably captures politics as they are today -- almost scarily so. The most anachronistic part? That the choice and confirmation of the US Secretary of State is an important decision, given how the office has been beclowned by the current and immediately past holders.

Posted by bfwebster at March 23, 2015 11:39 AM

Small World and Nice Work were both shortlisted for the Booker Prize

Good lord, the prose reads like a parody of bad writing. Shortlisted for a prize?

Posted by chuck at March 23, 2015 12:03 PM

Have not read Small World, but I read his novel Nice Work and thought it was outstanding. My review is here:


There was also a British made-for-tv movie based on the book (screenplay by the author himself) which is quite good, and is now available on video.

Posted by david foster at March 23, 2015 5:52 PM

a "Chagall and a Rothko"...sez all. Some years ago, I dated a Red Princess out of Oberlin U. Same murderous hypocricy

Posted by Haxo Angmark at March 23, 2015 7:32 PM

Overwhelmed by the adjectives, underwhelmed by the story line. The author must have been paid by the word.
There, sigh, critique finished.

"... the pressure of mass movements ..." like riots, looting, burning, frenzied mobs of puny individuals?
Wait 'til the movements go nation-wide, we'll see who determines what.
"When Blacks riot, neighborhoods burn. When Whites riot, continents burn." Remus

Posted by chasmatic at March 23, 2015 10:47 PM

I couldn't concentrate on the article. I just kept staring at here breasts and alternately her legs wishing she would uncross her legs and show me more. Could you post a video perhaps in a bikini, or not.

Posted by gonewiththewind at March 24, 2015 7:36 AM

Bulwer-Lytton much?

Posted by Don Rodrigo at March 24, 2015 7:55 AM

She has the hands of a peasant. I bet the feet, too.

Posted by chasmatic at March 24, 2015 9:26 PM

Really! You are looking at her hands.

Posted by gonewiththewind at March 25, 2015 7:09 AM

Ah, gwtw, peasant women are breeders. their loins devoted to one task.
I consider only the fertile triangle.

Posted by chasmatic at March 25, 2015 9:09 PM

"Was that novel created as a parody?”

Yes. And it’s good, though I i didn’t its successors as much.

Posted by ErisGuy at March 26, 2015 2:57 AM

Well I can certainly respect the talented and wanton loins devoted to one task. I do also have great respect for the scenery while on that ride.

Posted by gonewiththewind at March 26, 2015 7:33 AM