Topic: The Media
David Brooks - "Isn't it pretty to think so?"
I came an interesting assessment of the writer David Brooks. My email discussion group has batted about things Brooks has said, particularly regarding his book Bobos in Paradise. Brooks has a new book now, On Paradise Drive that is, by all accounts, much weaker.
But this assessment is more comprehensive than a discussion of those two books.
See David Brooks
Why liberals are turning on their favorite conservative.
David Plotz - SLATE.COM - Posted Monday, June 14, 2004, at 3:17 PM PT
Plotz runs the table on Brooks. And he discusses the two books.
But more interestingly, he covers the political matters -
I can relate to that.
And Plotz dissects those columns.
But he says there really is another problem with Brooks - and it is in his latest book:
But Plotz doesn't buy it.
I too think the battles are real.
Plotz reminds us that Brooks himself helped "set the table" for the wars on terror and Iraq. He remembers that in 1997, Brooks wrote an influential manifesto for the Weekly Standard, "A Return to National Greatness." In it Brooks claimed the United States was losing the sense of grand national mission that built the Panama Canal, conquered the West, won the Cold War, built the interstates, and walked on the moon. The idea was that America needed to "reanimate itself" with a cause, and the federal government needed to "convey a spirit of confidence and vigor that can then spill across the life of the nation." And Brooks said that it didn't really matter what the cause was--maybe colonizing Mars--but it had to be something.
I guess he got his wish with the Iraq business.
The problem, as Plotz notes -
Yeah, talk is cheap.
Plotz concludes -
One is reminded of the last paragraphs in Hemingway's post-WWI novel "The Sun Also Rises."
The final disillusionment.