Literature, Poetry, and Books
George Will refers in passing to the late Peter De Vries, "America's wittiest novelist." He was overlooked in this top ten list of American conservative novelists. That was a terrible oversight. I like especially Sauce for the Goose, Slouching Toward Kalamazoo, and The Prick of Noon (a reference to a line in Hamlet).
A letter to the editor replied to this story, from earlier in the week: "Colleges call in the big guns to combat drinking." This must rate as the worst headline of quite some time, and the WaPo finally realized it, as the head in the on-line edition differs. The college that comes under analysis is Virginia Tech, scene of that awful massacre. Readers, please nominate your own favorite horrible headlines.
This blunder reminds me of the odious Daniel Schorr, on NPR, once saying that Hamas would "stick to its guns" on a particular issue. Yes, I'm sure it's a general policy. Here's an account of Hamas University. And there's this inspiring story on the assassination of the Hamas leader in the Dubai hotel. A civilized nation that recognizes its enemies and knows what to do about them is a light unto the world.
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