David Brooks Steals His Paycheck
Nothing about science, or much at all in Mr. Brooks latest effort, but as readers of this blog know of my admiration for the plucky uber-class pundit’s ability to spin dross out of gold, I thought I’d try to be the first to suggest that this column is so empty of both thought and style that if I were an Ochs or a Sulzberger, I’d demand my money back.
Seriously, Brooks has achieved a parody of opinion writing. This is what you get from a hung-over freshman who forgot to do the reading. It is to funny as groat clusters are to food. (h/t Firesign Theater.) This is truly is one of those so-bad-it-should-be-in-a-museum efforts. Read it and weep.
I wish I had the wit, stamina or stomach to analyze it more deeply. I don’t, and I confess that I suspect the deficiency may not lie with me.
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