I Like ‘Im, but He Ain’t Me

Aside from printing “Caution: Contents may be hot” on a therma-foam coffee cup, I think the silliest disclaimer in common use is the one that seems to precede every compliment paid to a critic, viz.: “Although I don’t always agree with him, Kyle Gann is an OK critic,” etc. I thought it was understood that only Rush Limbaugh has Dittoheads. It makes me imagine distancing myself from all kinds of analogous syllogisms:

“Even though I agree with his every utterance, I find Alex Ross a lousy critic…”

“Although I am not her identical twin, and, in fact, look nothing like her, I consider Angelina Jolie very pretty…”

“Despite the odd coincidence that he and I are both featherless bipeds with hair and opposable thumbs, I consider George W. Bush a malevolent moron…”

You spend your life analyzing, explaining, trying to bring a little clarity to your corner of the chaos, and you get measured against a checklist of someone’s opinions.

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  1. says

    “I thought it was understood that only Rush Limbaugh has Dittoheads”
    Ah, but you forget that you are the official “Rush Limbaugh of Classical Music.” Although I think in your case your fans would be called ddiditdittdittodittohdittohedittoheadittoheaddittoheadsittoheadsttoheadstoheadsoheadsheadseadsadsdss or something like that. . .
    KG replies: I had forgotten; I am chagrined.

  2. mclaren says

    But don’t we all get measured against the checklist of everyone else’s opinions?
    My judgments are thoughtful; your prejudices are neurotic…his superstitions are bizarrely irrational.
    What wag remarked that “Education involves the confirmation of one’s previously held views”…? Oscar Wilde? Or was it Nietzsche?