January 22, 2006
Reviewing Crime Fiction

How I wish Jon Swift reviewed crime fiction. What an amazing style! For example, consider his book review of Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth by Ben Shapiro:

I have not actually read this book but I do agree that education is bad for young people. Schools fill their heads with dangerous ideas. Have you ever noticed that while most schools teach “liberal arts” there is not a single one that teaches “conservative arts”? I think that should tell you something.

Or consider his trenchant analysis of The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman:

I have not actually read this book but I want to point out that there is one very big mistake right on the cover: The world is not flat; it is, in fact, round. Even though I am a conservative like Mr. Friedman and I appreciate his support of President Bush and the War in Iraq, I think conservatives like us have to be very careful about being perceived as unscientific because of our opposition to Evolution and I think a book like this which has a scientific error right on the cover is not very helpful.

I think I’ll take his approach the next time I’m asked about Patricia Cornwell’s latest!


Posted by Joyful Alternative at January 22, 2006 11:43 AM
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Can you imagine what a Conservative Arts degree would entail?

The upper division credits would probably require courses like this:

-Econ 420: Profitable Private Prisons and the War on Drugs

-Statistics 360: Florida - What Comes Around Goes Around

-Art History 241: You Know it When you See It

-Poli Sci 444: You Are for Us or You're Agin' Us

-Foreign Language 666: How to Talk to a Liebral

You can imagine how pretty it would be.

Posted by: Scaramouche on January 22, 2006 8:19 PM

You who enjoyed Jon Swift's book reviews might like to see what else he writes at http://jonswift.blogspot.com/.

Joyful, who'd thought of "conservative arts" as more along the lines of dancing the minuet and cutting the silhouette

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on January 24, 2006 12:20 AM
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