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03 February 2009


Oh, that's excellent. If it's any consolation, I share a birthday with Don Johnson. And my horrid 8th grade algebra teacher.

I'm reading "The Great Derangement" now and loving it. On the other hand, I HATE Tom Friedman. I got about 2/3s of the way through "The World is Flat" before I tossed it down disgusted. Since when is the "world" just China and India? And just how many times did he need to use the word flat, or flatners, or flatening, or any of those other made up "flat" words? God! And the premise: Why do you need an entire book for, "The internet has changed the world; we can communicate with people in different countries now! Wow!" ? Break me a fucking give. Idiot.

Anyway, you're a braver soul than I. I wouldn't touch "Hot, Flat, and Crowded" with a stick. Your post and Taibbi's article reminded me exactly why.

Thanks so much for the link-the article had me grinning from ear to ear. :D I'm hosting the World Citizen challenge, which is all about international nonfiction, and I seriously considered a no Friedman rule. BUt I think I'll just link to this on the challenge blog!

Now I have to go read The Great Derangement.

That IS consolation, thanks, although I'm very sorry you have to share your birthday with your horrid 8th grade algebra teacher! (Where IS Don Johnson these days anyway?)

I'm so glad you're liking "The Great Derangement." And I agree with everything you say about Friedman--there's a surprise! And don't worry--I didn't spend a whole lot of time with Hot, Flat, and Crowded; I just wanted to be able to say I had read some of it.

So glad you liked the article. Taibbi makes me very happy (in a sad kind of way) too. And good luck on your World Citizen challenge! I'll have to get over to your site and see what books y'all are reading to add to my TBR pile.

Friedman's wife's family fortunes have fallen from $6 billion to around $150 million. So he's gotta keep crankin' it out.

798546in which I share my thoughts on Jayson Werth, his replacement Ben Francisco, my biggest fears and why Phillies fans have such a bum rap around baseball.

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