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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Glenn Greenwald's "Great American Hypocrites."

Hey bookworms! Are you frustrated with the way our media acts like all Republicans are "manly manly men" and pegs all liberals--even war heroes--effete guys and emasculating women? Do the gender-norm assumptions and miscalculations by columnists like Maureen Dowd make your head spin?

Read this book. In fact, read it even if you are totally apolitical because it's a brilliant combination of culture and politics that sheds so much light on the absurdity of the election season.

It's about the "John Wayne" myth of Republican politics, the contrast between their facade of cowboy courage and morality and the reality of their double-talking, philandering, ways.

Glenn is a badass and the most brilliant pro-civil liberties blogger
out there. He's indispensable to the current left-wing movement, and this book concisely encapsulates so much about what's wrong with the American way of looking at politics--gender sterotypes, bankrupt media et al. He includes some particularly apt takedowns of Rush Limbaugh and Jonah Goldberg.

That being said, from a literary standpoint he does overuses the phrase "Scurrilous Dirtmongers" (and variations such as "scurrilous filthmongers").

But who wouldn't, if they had such a phrase in their verbal arsenal?

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