Press bus gossip in book form = true! history!

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 · 18 Comments »

God, people are stupid.

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(I was asked to review Game Change and the hoopla surrounding it. I’m experimenting with breviloquence. My next project will be a history of the feminist movement in haiku.)

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18 Responses to “Press bus gossip in book form = true! history!”

  1. Nadai says:

    Thank you. I was hoping I wouldn’t have to read that.

  2. tpfka nycblue says:

    Haha! This makes my day.

    Thanks Violet.

  3. monchichipox says:

    Thank you. I knew you would hit the nail on the head.

  4. kenoshamarge says:

    So much classier than my saying “what a bunch of bullshit.” But the sentiment is the same.

    (Glad you tooth is better. No one who hasn’t experienced that pain understands how it dominates your world. Or how wonderful it’s absense is. And FYI, from all I’m hearing POS dentists are the norm these days.)

  5. votermom says:

    I hope you didn’t buy the book. Ugh.

  6. votermom says:

    Oh — if you take book review requests now, can you do Going Rogue? I haven’t read it (yet) but I’m curious about what you think, as I really haven’t seen a non-PDS lefty review of it anywhere.

  7. alwaysfiredup says:

    votermom, I recommend Stanley Fish:

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/07/sarah-palin-is-coming-to-town/

  8. propertius says:

    The excerpts I’ve seen do have one unintentional redeeming feature:

    They show pretty clearly how party insiders deliberately conspired to destroy both the Clinton and Palin campaigns (in Clinton’s case, well before the 2008 campaign even began). It’s a tribute to Halperin’s ineptitude as a propagandist that he couldn’t manage to conceal this even with shovels-full of misogynistic drivel.

  9. SweetSue says:

    My comment seems to have disappeared but, oh well.
    Rest, relax and heal.
    BTW, you don’t have to read the whole book. The excerpts in New York Magazine will give you plenty of food for thought and check out the cartoon version of Eliazbeth Edwards as shrieking harpy with claws.
    It would serve these fabulists right if Mrs. Edwards died now and everyone wanted to throw up them.
    Of course, I’m not wishing any ill on Elizabeth Edwards.

  10. Alison says:

    Dear God, let me know if you decide to express feminism in haiku! I will be all over that!

    This is an excellent review. What more needs to be said?

    Hope you are feeling better, Violet.

  11. blondie says:

    The New York Magazine article sure seemed to highlight the hatchet job on Elizabeth Edwards.

  12. Gayle says:

    The excerpts I’ve seen do have one unintentional redeeming feature:

    They show pretty clearly how party insiders deliberately conspired to destroy both the Clinton and Palin campaigns (in Clinton’s case, well before the 2008 campaign even began).

    You noticed that too, huh? Of course the Beltway Boys are so fixated by all the “crazy, shrewish lady” stereotypes, they don’t even see the real story here.

    Then again, they played their part in creating those stereotypes so I suppose promoting this book rewrites history in their favor.

  13. propertius says:

    Well, Gayle, it didn’t take any great perspicacity on my part. It was pretty friggin’ obvious.

  14. Madrigal says:

    A haiku for the history of feminism movement:

    * Woman is Human
    * rights intrinsically exist
    * on them men have pissed

    (my 1st post here)

    :-)

  15. Dongi says:

    Woman is Divine,
    But the Devil is a male,
    Misogynist, yes.

  16. propertius says:

    Ahem.

    To be a proper haiku, I believe a kigo (seasonal reference) must be incorporated.

  17. LV says:

    votermom says:
    Oh — if you take book review requests now, can you do Going Rogue? I haven’t read it (yet) but I’m curious about what you think, as I really haven’t seen a non-PDS lefty review of it anywhere.

    Votermom, I’m currently reading Going Rogue. I’m only about a third of the way through, but so far my impressions are that, number one, Palin seems surprisingly keen to distance herself from the GOP – she positions herself as a ‘maverick’ I suppose, but she explicitly states more than once that her positions have put her at odds with other repubs. She does come across on the whole as pretty likeable and smart, which makes it all the more disappointing when she articulates rightwing positions – on tax, for example. However, in the sections dealing with GOP/oil company corruption in Alaska she appears quite convincingly anti corporate, or at least pro-regulation.
    Like I said I’m only part of the way through; I can post again when I’ve finished, if you like. I’d definitely say it’s worth reading – if nothing else it’s ammunition to take on PDS-afflicted family/friends/colleagues (who won’t have read it, no doubt).

  18. Three Wickets says:

    May be the opposite of haiku, but this new critique of contemporary feminism from Nina Power looks provocative.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jan/16/one-dimensional-woman-natalie-hanman