Sunday, February 20, 2011

I guess it all depends on what your definition of "standard" is

From a report on HarperCollins's plans for a new division dedicated to telling the wingnuts what they want to hear:

“What I intend to do is uphold a standard of intellectual seriousness on the right,” Mr. Bellow said.

Uh huh. But it gets better, three paragraphs earlier:

As Mr. Bellow imagines it, Broadside Books (“it had a certain combative edge,” he said of the title) will publish books on the culture wars, books of ideas, books of revisionist history, biographies, anthologies, polemical paperbacks and pop-culture books from a conservative point of view.

One does have to appreciate, however, that the head of a company seeking to prey on the KEEP YOUR GOVERNMENT HANDS OFF MY MEDICARE!!!1! set is named Bellow.

(h/t: Frank Rich, whose column today is well worth reading in its entirety. And not just for the dish about the plummeting fortunes of Beck, Palin, and for that matter, Broadside Books.)


M. Bouffant said...

Oh, you beat me to "bellow."

Not having looked (And not that it makes a heckuva lotta difference.) but: Related to Saul Bellow?

bjkeefe said...

Yes, sadly. It's his son.