And one that has nothing to do with whether Greenwald is wrong or right about PRISM (he’s wrong, by the way) and why that matters. Ultimately, in a debate like this, the best thing a politically engaged intellectual can do is write in a way that does not short-circuit thought. And my, oh, my, does Greenwald’s style of political discourse short-circuit thought—with a fierceness.
Rick Perlstein, “On Glenn Greenwald and His Fans,” The Nation, June 18, 2013
The bottom line is that there’s an attitude out there that anything bad anyone says about the NSA must be a priori true, and that anything bad anyone says about the NSA must have already been said by Glenn Greenwald, and that anyone who questions Greenwald about anything must be questioning Greenwald about everything, and thus thinks the NSA (and its boss Barack Obama) is swell.
This is why I find Glenn Greenwald tiresome, even though he has done and will continue to do valuable work. I don’t doubt his honesty, but I do question his judgment. As a thinker he’s suspect. His mindset is of a man forever readying for total war.
The “honor code” that Brooks claims was violated is perhaps nothing more than condescension mitigated by social obligation.
Amy Davidson, “David Brooks and the mind of Edward Snowden,” The New Yorker, June 11, 2013
But “condescension mitigated by social obligation” is basically David Brooks’s entire schtick right?
EDIT: “Brooks, as I’ve written before, seems to have a greater horror of impoliteness than of injustice.”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (1861)
He considered the chambers and his own lodging as temporary residences, and advised me to look out at once for a “fashionable crib” near Hyde Park…
When 19th century American writers use contemporary Australian slang.
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women (1868)
She was a great favorite with her mates, being good-tempered and possessing the happy art of pleasing without effort.
[White House Press Secretary Jay] Carney — who off camera retains a reporter’s curiosity and charm…
Glenn Thrush & R.J . Epstein, “Jay Carney press briefing blues,” Politico, May 21, 2013
The two reporters reporting this story don’t mention whether Carney also retains a reporter’s sexiness, intelligence, or impeccably agreeable odor.
The English played well, but the Americans played better, and contested every inch of the ground as strongly as if the spirit of ‘76 inspired them.
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women (1868)
This is a description of a game of croquet, featuring British visitors to the novel’s main characters. ILU LMA.
“Yankees have a trick of being generous to their enemies,” said Jo, with a look that made the lad redden, “especially when they beat them,” she added, as, leaving Kate’s ball untouched, she won the game by a clever stroke
USA! USA USA USA!
Mr. Brooke looked up and said quickly, “Young ladies in America love independence as much as their ancestors did, and are admired and respected for supporting themselves.”
Tell ‘em Webbie:
Do you know what that mean?
She got her own house!
She got her own car!
One of the songs I’m hearing everywhere here in the US is Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” This is no surprise, since it is a top 20 hit and the most successful Daft Punk single to date in America.
It is also their most American single to date. Oh yes, it is unmistakably Daft Punk, in full French House vivant. But it also has Nile Rodgers’s real disco guitar instead of the reconstituted funk of prior Daft Punk euro-dance. And the lead vocal isn’t the faceless vocoderized sample of the duo’s previous singles, but Pharrell Williams’s familiar amateur soul croon. It would be misguided to pretend it isn’t a transatlantic tune, but with two of its most recognizable elements being distinctly American — at a time when America has wholeheartedly embraced electronic dance music — is it best understood as a primarily American song?
(On the other hand, this is the most successful Daft Punk single of all time pretty much everywhere — their first number one in a slew of markets and their second in France, following “One More Time.”)