Monday, November 17, 2008

Dick Cavett in The New York Times

I did not know that Dick Cavett was writing for the New York Times, but he is. Mary Lou forwarded this to me today and it's brilliant writing. It's called, "The Wild Wordsmith of Wasilla" and well worth your time to click on the link and give it a read.

One Excerpt:
Could the willingness to crown one who seems to have no first language have anything to do with the oft-lamented fact that we seem to be alone among nations in having made the word “intellectual” an insult? (And yet…and yet…we did elect Obama. Surely not despite his brains.)
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bryon said...

I had no idea Mr. Cavett yet lived. I'm pleased to discover my error, though, and wish him many more healthful years.

The piece reminds me of something Robert A. Heinlein wrote: "Being intelligent is not a felony. But most societies evaluate it as being at least a misdemeanor."

There are plenty of Palin fans in the part of Red Kansas I inhabit. I honestly can't understand it, even after reading "What's the Matter with Kansas?" That leads me to a quote from Ivan Stang: "We all know how stupid the average person is. Now realize that, by definition, fifty percent of the population is dumber than that."

I was awake a long time the night I first read that. Just staring hard into the darkness...

Patsy Terrell said...

Oh no... now you've put that in my head... and at bedtime no less...

If I'd ever read that, I had forgotten it. Or, maybe I blocked it out.