A Flea in the Fur of the Beast

“Death, fire, and burglary make all men equals.” —Dickens

“Ron Paul”

by evanmcmurry

My favorite part of this: Ron Paul claims he had nothing to do with the efforts of the organization that produced the newsletters–an organization called “Ron Paul & Associates.” So it wasn’t Ron Paul, it was “Ron Paul.” So much for the honest-candidate tag.

The Faux-Democratic Ideal of Plain-Spokenness

by evanmcmurry

Ye gods, I agree with Katie Roiphe. Uh, whiskey, please. “The faux-democratic ideal of plain-spokenness, the sense that a novelist should not write too beautifully or he sacrifices some vaguely articulated, semi-mystical claim to honesty, is not a million miles away from the Sarah Palin-ish suspicion of east coast liberals, or a Harvard education, or people who know the dates of wars.”