According to Maureen Dowd's most recent column: "If [she] read all the vile stuff about [her] on the Internet, [she'd] never come
to work. [She'd] scamper off and live [her] dream of being a cocktail waitress
in a militia bar in Wyoming."
If anybody out there reading this is friends with everybody's favorite New York Times speed bag, please tell her that I mean no harm. I just have some questions about the Leon Wieseltier quote she used yesterday:
“The velocity and volume on the Web are so great that nothing is
forgotten and nothing is remembered,” says Leon Wieseltier, the
literary editor of The New Republic. “The Internet is like closing time
at a blue-collar bar in Boston. Everyone’s drunk and ugly and they’re
going to pass out in a few minutes.”
-Exactly how much time does Wieseltier spend hanging out around blue collar bars in Boston? Was it while he was studying at Harvard?
-Was it necessary to remind us how much less attractive people are in this city?
-Would you not agree that people get much more wasted in New York since the bars are open later?
-Before using this quote did you notice that it means absolutely nothing?
-"Everyone's going to pass out in a few minutes." Really? Exactly how afraid of you is your editor?
-Lastly - are you hot and heavy with Wieseltier? Please say it isn't so, Mo.