Current Wisdom

Current Wisdom

By From the July - Aug 2012 issue

The deconstruction of Mitt Romney’s laugh by the famously agelastic Garry Wills writing for the New York Review of Books’ blog in the age of Twitter:

Everyone has noticed by now the nonlaugh laugh of Mitt Romney, a kind of half-stifled barking. But what does it mean? It is blurted out as abruptly as it is broken off. Is it a kind of punctuation, part comma, part full stop, part interrogatory mark? What, if anything, is it trying to convey? Why does it seem more like coughing or burping than laughter?

Does it mean: “I know you are saying something critical about me, and I don’t know how to answer it, so I’ll just pretend that you did not mean it seriously”?

(May 22, 2012)


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