Thursday, February 03, 2005

The Tyrrellian Crackup

I just assumed that R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. was in a retirement home somewhere after the American Spectator imploded a few years ago. Yet this Mencken wannabe is still around, giving out his annual J. Gordon Coogler award for the worst book of the year. This year he award's Jon Stewart's America:
Stewart has with a small team of gag writers written America: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy. It is a satire, a pasquinade, a hoot at the American polity, a bemanuring of the High and Mighty. Stewart is extremely learned, knowing every nook and cranny of pop culture and most of the undergraduate liberal arts curriculum of Brown University.

This "bemanuring" let's call it, of the web is supposed to be funny. Yet the only parts of Tyrrell's pompous rant that are even remotely funny are the ones that quoted from Stewart's book.

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