We’ve got a new Think Again column called “Sotomayor and SCOTUS,Captured on a Carousel of Time” about the punditocracy confirmationhearings here.
And I did a post for The Daily Beast on the recent metzora-making of Joe”The Volcano” Lieberman here.
An Open Letter from “Altercation” to Stephen Colbert:
Dear Mr. Colbert,
I hope you and your staff are having a nice time yukking it up inBaghdad. I really enjoyed tiny portions of your Newsweek issue.Actually, it was all downhill from the letters page. Actually, it wasall downhill from the first letter on the letters page. After that funny one, I came acrossthis one:
Dear NEWSWEEK, I never thought this kind of thing would happen to me. Iwas at the library making last-minute edits to The Dartmouth Review whenMiss Shimock, the young librarian, walked up to my table wearing nothingbut a copy of Atlas Shrugged. She made a strong case that it was in myrational self-interest to take off my pants…Wait, I think I’mwriting this letter to the wrong magazine.
Stephen Colbert, Hanover, N.H.
Sept. 18, 1984
Hey, buddy, you know I love you, but you (and whoever wrote this letter)also know that this is a total ripoff of a letter that appeared in theHarvard Lampoon parody of Newsweek in approximately 1982, if mymarijuana-addled memory serves. Back then, in a letter entitled”Newsweek Forum,” the junior at the small Midwestern university wasstudying alone in his room, when hearing a knock on the door, and whoshould appear but UN Permanent Representative Jeanne J. Kirkpatrick. Itwent something like this: “After briefly discussing totalitarian vs.authoritarian regimes and agreeing that the former were so much morehorrible than the latter, Jeanne said she’d be more comfortable sittingon my lap.”
I will refrain from making the obvious aesthetic comparison, but if youwere plagiarizing yourself, twenty seven years after the fact, wellthen, buddy I salute you. If someone on your staff did it, well, I havea nephew graduating college who needs a job…
Alter-review: Booker T at Joe’s Pub last night by Eric