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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

How to write like a Bush-hating Manhattan liberal

Timothy Noah at Slate has written a hilarious send-up of Lewis Lapham, former editor of Harper's, which includes this handy fill-in-the-blank guide on how to write like Lapham:
The Bush administration's forbearance as Gen. Pervez Musharraf proclaims, like [vainglorious monarch], that [famous megalomaniacal statement] recasts [open Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire to any random page, close eyes, plunge finger into text, and insert here a précis of incident described therein] as opera bouffe. The sham outrage teases forth memories of the contortions displayed by [famous Ottoman acrobat of the 15th century] or the prevarications of [obscure three-fingered gangster of the 1930s] as the Katie Courics and Wolf Blitzers of their day distracted the starving masses with [celebratory ritual performed by an island-based indigenous people] and competitions to mimic the cry of the mighty [extinct animal from the Cretaceous period].

(via Reason Magazine)


Anonymous said...

Hey the commies were always good at cranking out inferior shit. Look at Lada and tanks that broke down after going 10 miles.
(real conservative)

Anonymous said...

Lewis Lapham's son is married to Brian Mulroney's daughter. Just a bit of trivia