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Timothy Egan writes a guest column in the NY Times in which he whines that Joe the Plumber got published. He starts off the article saying "I don't want you writing books," and goes on to rip the plumber to shreds, rhetorically.

And yeah, I'm not going to buy the guy's book, but... who is Timothy Egan, anyway? The "about the author" section for this column just says "Maureen Dowd is off today." Hm, looks like he's written some books, or something. What were his credentials before his first book was published, anyway?

No true progressive tells someone "I don't want you writing books." Grr.

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firstfrost
Dec. 9th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Well, there are a lot of writers that I think shouldn't be published. I've written a lot of book reviews. Can't I be an elitist with progressive politics? :)

(On the other hand, my reaction tends to be more "You wrote this book and I was fool enough to read it, and I will NEVER GET THOSE HOURS BACK.")

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