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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

How Odd

Slate's got a little survey of authors asking them who they're going to vote for and why. Not surprisingly from Slate, most are for Kerry, but I'm rather surprised at the number of responses that come from the fever swamp, particularly those of Dan Chaon, Amy Tan, Rick Moody, Judith Guest, Edwidge Danticat, Jane Smiley, Jennifer Egan, Russell Banks, Nicole Krauss, and Thomas Beller. (At least George Saunders tried to give a literary illustration of why he prefers Kerry to Bush, although his Huck Finn v. Tom Sawyer analogy is tortured.)

The odd thing is, these moonbats are successful authors who create stories that attract a large number of readers. Yet their responses show they are steeped in a zany, vicious mindset that for all its talk of nuance and sophistication is clearly us-versus-them. And these are the intellectuals. It's a funny old world.

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