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May 2, 2007

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Complicated Characters

I totally agree with Ross Douthat that this:

… the cast of characters in what is arguably the worst administration since Nixon’s strikes me as devoid of literary interest.

…is totally wrong. This cast of characters — Cheney, Rumsfeld, the Bushes — is full of literary interest! Reading Barry Werth’s 31 Days, it struck me how long and strange their story has been. And the cauldron of spite, idealism, conniving, and hubris that is Iraq: It’s tragedy in the deepest sense.

But this is not a confessional crowd, and that’s unlikely to change even after they’re out of office, so it is precisely the job of the modern novelist (as opposed to the journalist, or even the historian) to give us some insight into their psyches.

A good, honest, complicated psychological novel about George W. Bush? I would read that in a second.

Posted May 2, 2007 at 1:10 | Comments (2) | Permasnark
File under: Books, Writing & Such, Briefly Noted, Snarkpolitik


When, oh when, will we get the "Primary Colors" for the Bush era? Perhaps only an insider can write it... but then, I think that there's another book to be written, almost as fascinating, about another figure of our times. And who better to write it than someone who works in the media empire of the man in question?

Call it "A Convenient Truth".

Posted by: Matt on May 2, 2007 at 07:48 PM

Genius, both of you. Recently I've slowly been getting more and more of a feeling of tiredness of our delightful media snack and tapas culture, a willingness to go back to big deep novels. I think it might be time for a successor to George Eliot et al.

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