Then there was the thing about it not actually being a book, since books are for 'pantywaists'. (Maybe a gentle jab at the redefinition of 'torture' by our government?)
Today, he's taken over (most of) Maureen Dowd's space in the NYT. Nice job, even if some of the reviews of the book are right that his stuff works better live than in print given his delivery.
What really caught my eye, though, was his quip (If you can use that comfortably for a written text — I keep hearing his voice when I read the column.) about Fred Thompson:
In my opinion, "Law & Order" never sufficiently explained why the Manhattan D.A. had an accent like an Appalachian catfish wrestler.Is this Low Country southern broadbrush stereotyping of their western cousins? First, Thompson was born in north central Alabama and raised in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, southwest of Nashville. Hardly the mountains. Second, by catfish wrestling he presumably means noodling. Catfish wrestling is surely associated with the South generally, like here, and I gather that it's known in the southern highlands, but it's pretty famously associated with areas farther west, like Arkansas and Oklahoma. Is the deal that he's simply trying to label Thompson an über-redneck? I guess bootleggers are not hip and current enough and NASCAR drivers are too upscale.