Tuesday, December 9, 2008

On Joe, Plumbing and writing....

We all know who Joe the Plumber is.

Don't get me wrong: I thought the way they went after him was ridiculous. But, what is even more surreal is watching this guy milk his 15 minutes for all it's worth.

Check out this 'review' of Joe's book by the NYT:


"...I don’t want you writing books. Not when too many good novelists remain unpublished. Not when too many extraordinary histories remain unread. Not when too many riveting memoirs are kicked back at authors after 10 years of toil. Not when voices in Iran, North Korea or China struggle to get past a censor’s gate.

Joe, a k a Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, was no good as a citizen, having failed to pay his full share of taxes, no good as a plumber, not being fully credentialed, and not even any good as a faux American icon. Who could forget poor John McCain at his most befuddled, calling out for his working-class surrogate on a day when Joe stiffed him.

With a résumé full of failure, he now thinks he can join the profession of Mark Twain, George Orwell and Joan Didion.

Next up may be Sarah Palin, who is said to be worth nearly $7 million if she can place her thoughts between covers. Publishers: with all the grim news of layoffs and staff cuts at the venerable houses of American letters, can we set some ground rules for these hard times? Anyone who abuses the English language on such a regular basis should not be paid to put words in print."

Now, who is the bigger douche, the ambitious fruad plumber, or the elitist snob book reviewer?


Anyone who wishes to write a book should do it, no matter what real 'authors' and 'book reviewers' say.

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