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Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Sometimes the joke is all in the title, but this one is worth reading all the way through.

“Bush Regales Dinner Guests With Impromptu Oratory On Virgil’s Minor Works”

Brilliant. I can’t stop laughing. (And oh, do we need a laugh when it comes to Bush.)

Yet, it does make you all misty-eyed and nostalgic for the days when the president of the US invited Carlos Fuentes and Garcia Marquez for dinner. (Nostalgic for the literary dinners, not the politics.)

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The Onion

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Here’s an interesting article that talks about why The Onion is a much needed newspaper.

One of my favorite things about it (other than the fact that it can be funny as hell) is that it’s usually more true than most real news sources. “Despite its ‘fake news’ purview, itís an extremely honest publication” as the above mentioned article says. Everyone is so almighty terrified of offending that serious events are watered down, glossed over and neutralized or just not mentioned, while celebrities are hyped into the stratosphere. Offhand, I can only think of the name of one honest, knowledgeable and unafraid-to-pull-punches newspaper reporter: Robert Fisk. That’s crazy.

It’s not easy writing edgy humor. And when nothing is sacred, I think eventually pretty much everyone who feels strongly about something is going to be offended sooner or later. But that’s okay. What I do have a problem with are the undercurrents of misogyny. My theory is that whenever the right is in power, misogyny comes back. It certainly seems scattered about everywhere in a way that it wasn’t ten years ago. The strange thing is that it’s across the board politically: left and right.

And The Onion does seem to get a little too “college frat boy” in its humour sometimes. Which is a shame, because there’s a lot of insight into the human condition there too.

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