DETERIORATA XII:1

heavy metal Santorum: Photo illustration by Dave Gilson

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

“They gave Kafka to the troops,” closing line of Leon Wieseltier’s essay on books in the New Republic.

RUNNER-UP

Docked a notch for the ease of this target: Rick Santorum vs. Megadeath’s Dave Mustaine, from Mother Jones. Points for plenitude.

BEHIND IN MY TV

Just started watching Homeland, highwire narrative about how 9/11 spooked the intelligence “community,” and sent it off stealing anti-depressants, drowning in warrantless wiretaps, and playing footsie with the Pentagon. This from the Episode 5, where a redeemed Mandy Patinkin addresses an Al-Qaeda operative: “You’re a religious man who tortures people. What are you a Catholic?”

BAMBOOZLED BY THE HERMANATOR

Disqualified after winning more than any other byline in history, from his latest New Yorker short: Callista to Newt, “You’re converting for the third time?”

BECAUSE IT’S FROM BOULDER, COLORADO, AND BECAUSE IT IS MY HOME

Co-Writing Is Some Tricky Business,” worthwhile clicking, safe for work.

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