Saturday, February 07, 2009

Snark author about to launch into Maureen Dowd, but then...

It was good while it lasted, all of half an hour. David Denby, the author of Snark - It's Mean, It's Personal, and It's Ruining Our Conversation was finally ready to give us his snarky take on New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, but all he got to say was her name and then C-SPAN switched back to "live" Senate coverage of the stimulus debates. Grrr!!... They call it "live" coverage, but there are no Senators there and the clerk is not even doing the usual quorum call. Sigh. Even if they do debate anything tonight, all they are really going to do is "formally file" the big $780 billion compromise deal amendment, which they won't vote on until late Monday afternoon, and even then they won't vote on the final Senate bill until Tuesday. Right now, all C-SPAN2 is doing is playing classical music. Maybe somebody at C-SPAN simply did not want to hear Denby savage Saint Maureen. Some people have no sense of humor.

-- Jack Krupansky


At 9:12 AM EST , Anonymous Sand Rat said...

This morning the cspan2 show on Denby's Snark is being shown in its entirety. Snark (to a Lewis Carroll fan like myself) seemed like an interesting topic, and low blows have soured the discourse lately, especially since the close Gore/Bush election...

But by the middle of the show it seems Denby defines low cruel snark as anti Liberal conversation, and defines uplifting high satire as anti-conservative invective. An audience member mentioned cruel false comments against Bush and Palin as another example of low literary blows, and Denby seemed confused. His purpose is not to defend those he disagrees with from snark attack. Only his political buddies get his indignation.


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