Wrestling with pigs

Ross Douthat reviews a book:

Helprin variously describes his foes as “wacked-out muppets,” “crapulous professors,” “regular users of hallucinogenic drugs,” “a My Little Pony version of the Khmer Rouge,” “a million geeks in airless basements,” “mouth-breathing morons in backwards baseball caps and pants that fall down” and so forth. The overall effect is like listening to an erudite gentleman employing $20 words while he screams at a bunch of punk kids to get off his front lawn.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bridgett
    Jul 12, 2009 @ 12:35:20

    Ragamuffin! Nincompoop!

    I like the my little pony comment. I’m trying to envision it but it’s just not coming for me.


  2. Stephen
    Jul 12, 2009 @ 15:07:45


    Ilona has a cup with Shakespearean insults. My favourite is “not so much brain as ear wax.”

    I’m also fond of “the soul of this man is his clothes.”


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