The Spectacle Blog
I didn't get a chance yesterday to mark the death of Floyd Patterson, who was heavyweight champion of the world from 1956-1959, and then again from 1960 -1962. He was the first man to regain the title after losing it - which is a lot easier to do today with all the phony title belts floating around, and multiple champions in every division.
The musical, that is. One of the first lines is, "I have concluded that one useless man is called a disgrace, two are a law firm and three or more are a Congress." Subtract the good music and humor and we have 2006.
I'll be on Fox News Channel with John Gibson about 5 pm EDT talking about the steady stream of leaks that are so very damaging to our nation. Hope you can catch it.
Sorry to spoil the party, guys, but all I can contribute to this discussion is to note that the best novel I've read in recent years is Jane Eyre. After something like that, how can one possibly settle for anything contemporary?
Having emerged from two days with Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, I guess I'll have to play catch-up on the novels issue.
If we're violating the 25-year rule, there's absolutely no contest: Flashman at the Charge by George MacDonald Fraser (1973) is simply the best novel I've ever read, of any vintage.
Should we return to the original premise, I've got to nominate Christopher Buckley's The White House Mess (1986). I've given so many copies as gifts I regrettably -- very regrettably -- no longer even own a copy.
Yesterday, I opined that Jeb Bush has almost a duty to run for the U.S. Senate from Florida. Now comes word from Wisconsin of another, governor, this time former Gov. Tommy Thompson, who still hasn't ruled out a Senate race. (Mention of the Senate race is well down in the article.) Thompson seems to be more strongly considering a comeback for the governor's mansion, but really, he will do his party more good -- and better serve his presidential ambitions by getting some national exposure and some foreign policy/defense policy experience -- by taking on Sen. Herb Kohl in a race no other Wisconsin Republican could win. I've always been a huge fan of Thompson's; he was one of the best governors, of any state, ever. No debate allowed on that: The man successfully pushed vouchers; he provided the model of welfare reform for the whole nation; he cut taxes; and on and on; he did just a great, great job, which is why he kept getting re-elected.
Paul, we could pull Webb into the 25-year window with The Emperor's General, certainly his most philosophical exercise.
Of course, the whole idea of a "best" in novels is ridiculous. So many fabulous novels have simply disappeared: The aforementioned Edwin Mullhouse, Paul Rogers' A Child of the Century, Frederick Boechner's four novels about Leo Bebb, Real Money by Louis P. Jones, The Dolly, Dolly Spy by Adam Diment, any of which I'd gladly read again, right now.
If you ever want a depressing experience, look over the publisher's lists for the upcoming year. Book publishing has always been PC, but it's now totally rotten.