This blog is still alive, just in semi-hibernation. When I want to write something longer than a tweet about something other than math or sci-fi, here is where I'll write it.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Great minds think alike. Not so great minds work alike... and poorly.
At a talk in Canada, George W. Bush said this about the book he will write for Random House.
"I'm going to put people in my place, so when the history of this administration is written at least there's an authoritarian voice saying exactly what happened."
Some have wondered if this was a Freudian slip, mistaking authoritative for authoritarian. It wasn't. It was just a dumb guy with a limited vocabulary trying to show off and failing.
The writers on The Sopranos had the gangsters make these kinds of mistakes a lot. Tony Soprano and Christopher Moltisanti had their share of such flubs, but some of the most memorable came from Paulie Walnuts, a character who is more or less George W. Bush's intellectual equal. When Tony tells Paulie that the guy Paulie and Christopher are trying to kill was from the Russian Interior Ministry and had killed sixteen Chechens, Paulie hangs up the phone and tells Christopher, "This guy killed sixteen Czechoslavakians. He was an interior decorator." When Tony reads The Prince and The Art of War, Paulie also makes a show of quoting "Prince Matchabelli" and "Sun Ta-Sue".
On The Sopranos, it was funnier than it was creepy. In real life, vice versa.