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Jason Holliston
Friday, October 01, 2004  
"Screedy as hell"

James Lileks pretty much nails how a huge section of the country feels about the debates last night, and specifically, Kerry's "summit" idea that would fix all our problems. Nails it, I tell you:

So no, I’m not enthused about a summit, unless we get to set the agenda. Item one: get over the frickin’ Jews, people. They’re not going anywhere, and if they do they’re taking all of you with them. Item two: You poke the hornet’s nest one more time and the skies of Tehran and Riyahd will darken with 747s, which will disgorge a fleet of Jeeps. We will ride around with bullhorns and announce that all women are free to leave, with their children, so they can live in a society where they get to show some shin without having some gynophobic wanker whip them with sticks. Your choice! Madrassas and no women, or a live-and-let-live world with women, and cable TV and the odd cold beer now and then, if you like. Beer will not be mandatory. We’re not the sort of people who impose beer on the unwilling. But you know, on 9/11 we recognized the downside of coexisting with societies that want to hang people for having a Pabst after a hot day. Your choice. Item three: we’re going to play a video of the events of 9/11. And then we’ll have a discussion. We’re willing to entertain all sorts of commentary, with one proviso: the moment you use the word “but,” you’re escorted from the building and put back on a plane home. You can never come to the US again. Your nice condo in the new Trump building will be sold for five dollars to a nice Jewish lesbian couple we met the other day at parent’s night at our school in Park Slope. One’s an artist, the other’s a lawyer.

Now, that's a fantastic example of great emotional, screedy writing. For those that haven't read him, don't let the political emotion trick you: he only does this sort of thing probably once a week, and rarely with so much of, what he would call, "vim". I can't help it though. I love it when he goes off like this. He throws most of what I feel down on the screen like a post-modern painter would throw on an area of white. Lots of people don't get it, but those that do call it genius.

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