Quote of the Day

The cultural criticism of David Brooks and Thomas Frank is worthwhile precisely because it can’t be taken too seriously. Unlike the insufferably dogmatic Ann Coulter and Michael Moore, Brooks, the conservative New York Times columnist, and Frank, the liberal founder of The Baffler, seem to be conscious of how sweeping their generalizations and rhetorical their arguments really are. Unlike Coulter and Moore, they know they’re not really going to rouse anyone into action. So their observations come across as responsible gossip rather than heated argument—what they say is just what they’ve seen, valuable for getting a general impression of a social group but far from a scientific study or political platform.


Nathan Bierma, Books and Culture Weblog.

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Kevin Holtsberry

I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season – oh, and watching golf too).

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