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Wednesday, May 19, 2004  

The Daily Link

A couple of weeks ago, I started seeing a flood of traffic from a site I'd never heard of. Time to return the favor (with a trickle, at least).

Today's link: Michael Bérubé

Active since: January 2004

Tag: None. But unlike yesterday's link, today's Daily Link is not cryptic.

Michael is an English prof at Penn State, but don't let that dissuade you--his blog isn't an ongoing debate with Terry Eagleton on the arcana of literary theory (thank God). He's a proud member of the (growing) left-wing conspiracy (hard to call us vast yet)--with a twist. As a literary professor, he's attuned to the verbal play of our leaders and subjects it to rigorous analysis. Generally with humor.

And of course he has the obligatory professor/writer photo: a headshot with books in the background. They don't appear to be old Mad magazines.

Trenchant quote: [On a Colin Powell article at MSNBC] "But what's with the diction?

"He said he told the foreign leaders: 'Watch America. Watch how we deal with this. Watch how America will do the right thing.'

"Do you suppose those were his exact words? After all, he is quoting himself. Or is this just what happens to reasonably intelligent people after more than three years of serving a President whose favorite book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar?"

Enjoy.

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