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.”