Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Trouble with Ann Coulter

Via Florence King:

At her best, Coulter writes well, but the chief source of her success is that she is a perfect match for the American ideal: smart as a whip but dumb as a post, educated but not learned, sexy but not sensuous, all at the same time. She would not hesitate to choose a sledgehammer over a stiletto because her instincts would pull her back from what the 18th century called “demolishing your enemies without raising your voice.” She would know that if a writer uses a stiletto, a lot of people might not get the point, but they would definitely get the loftiness that accompanies irony and understatement. And so, knowing that being called an elitist spells ruin, she opted for a sledgehammer and raised the roof instead.

King's essay is well worth the read, as it is an excellent example of how one can be bruisingly critical, not barbarically crass, and sarcastic, not strident.


Blogger John H said...

Great article..also includes some of those great Dorothy Parker quotes..

Personally, I like to 'damn' Coulter by just printing what she says, but Ms. King slices her quite nicely, and so well.

7:33 PM  

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