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Archive for December 7th, 2008

Joe the Author: Writing worth flushing

Posted by James McPherson on December 7, 2008

Timothy Egan can write. I wish I had time to read everything he has written. Someday, perhaps, though there are a lot of other fine writers whose work I haven’t read enough of, either.

“Joe the Plumber,” on the other hand, is an “author” whose work I hope never to read. In fact, this worthwhile New York Times piece by Egan is the last thing I’d like to ever read about Joe.

December 20 update: Joe’s book is out. Naturally Fox News made it the lead story of the day.

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