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Leaving aside the quality of American Vertigo itself, having Garrison Keillor review
Bernard-Henri Levy is like having a complete tool review a French philosopher.

Thu, July 20 2006 » Minnesota, Polis

2 Responses

  1. Fred Ollinger July 23 2006 @ 5:58 pm

    This article made me sad. I was forced to read Keillor for highschool. He was not funny then and he’s gotten less funny. I think that perhaps this book was trying to be funny and interesting. By talking about “normal” people, this would not be too interesting.

    I have seen this style of book before. One thing Keillor did get right was the paradox. That’s a big part of all travel writing I have seen. It is so obvious and done everywhere, but this is part of the style. This is not so much different than the exageeration that Keillor himself uses when talking about the midwest. I don’t expect people in the midwest really have such a rollicking good time with cool anecdotes spilling out at every chance, but what do I know.

    I guess I’d be pissed if I see another philly summary that spoke of cheesesteaks and Rocky.

    I actually find the flag fetish to be understated. It is basically, a cloth idol these days. I guess Keillor didn’t see the amendment that just failed.


  2. Alan July 24 2006 @ 12:29 pm

    Yeah, I think what bothered me most about the review is that it devolved into pure name calling at the end.

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