Small Demon
Oct 032008
 

I’m sort of old-fashioned in that I tell my creative writing students that they have a responsibility to the truth of their own experience and that the way they use language reveals the extent to which they have taken that responsibility seriously. Listening to Sarah Palin reminds me of nothing so much as listening to an unprepared & incurious freshman discussing the reading for the day. After listening to Palin for a while, I feel stupider than when I began. In recent days I have found that immediately after listening to Palin, reading a big chunk of Beckett or Chekov is the best antidote. See also: The poetry of Sarah Palin — not since rumsfeld have we had such a master.

  One Response to “Language and the Truth”

  1. I’ve often said that when I watch Fox News, I can feel my IQ dropping. It’s on in the lobby where I work, and I always hurry to the elevators to limit my exposure, pondering what it must be doing to the poor receptionist who suffers it throughout the day.

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