posted by Ethan at 10/06/2005 12:33:00 PM
Again, the Kafka comment, along with the Taliban one, were in the Guardian article about America's blue cities in red states. It was not made in reference to the city's booze policy. I know that putting the wrong comment with wrong issue is irresitible when trying to come up with a great quote, but isn't it a wee bit dishonest?
Uh, Shawn. Reread the first two paragraphs of the Guardian article. I hate being falsely and absurdly accused of dishonesty (now THAT'S Kafka-esque):"Following a concert at the Salt Lake City international jazz festival in July the city's mayor, Rocky Anderson, took some musicians and visiting mayors out for dinner. Some of them had beer; Anderson paid some of the bill. "In a week when John Roberts was confirmed as supreme court justice and Tom DeLay, House of Representatives leader, was indicted, this passes for front-page news in Utah. Here, in the home of Mormonism, no city employee is allowed to pay for alcohol with public funds when entertaining. "I truly feel like we're in the middle of a Kafka novel sometimes," says Anderson, who was unaware of the no-alcohol policy, and rescinded it on Thursday. "With a little bit of Taliban thrown in.""
...And even if Rocky was talking about life amongst the red-staters, describing it as Kafka-esque would still be laughably histrionic.
charley's sounding the death knell of hyperbole. Always say exactly what you mean and can back up with plenty of evidence- or in the case of intelligent design, really convincing anecdotes.
also, charley is being glib. intentionally, willfully, deliberately glib. cause he's smarter than that.
I'm not insisting that people be literal. But Kafka-esque Taliban? It's how a radicalized middle-class liberal arts sophomore complains about the instructor uncool enough to give him a D+. There's no perspective. But I appreciate the way it combines the spoiled 60's malcontent with the new millennium malcontent.
chuck, please tell me you read that post before submitting? Because it's how a pseudo-intellectual blogger defends his own ridiculous statements in light of being called out for his oversensitivity and his personal predjudice to certain forms of expression. But now I'm being glib!Scientology rocks!!!
What's wrong with saying that restrictive alcohol policies are Kafkaesque and Taliban-like? This is the reasoned rhetoric of the new milennium, where it is considered fashionable and accurate to label anyone to the right of Hillary Clinton as a Nazi or a fascist.Wasatch Wealth
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