Saucers of Mud

August 12, 2007

A Sentence to Take Out of Context

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 1:17 am

“In ‘They Came to Baghdad’, a rational plan for a New World Order is revealed to be a veil for absolutist fascism.”

Perhaps a little bit of context, provided by the last sentence of the article.



  1. I’m reminded of something Abraham Lincoln said: “Calling a clever but prejudiced stick-in-the-mud a Burkean conservative doesn’t make her a Burkean conservative.” Well, something Abraham Lincoln would have said if he’d lived long enough to hear the Kinks’ “Village Green Preservation Society,” which is a more complex and interesting example of sturdy old English ressentiment than is Miss Marple. Hari adduces the worldwide popularity of Agatha Christie as evidence of her depth, but crossword puzzles and sudoku are popular worldwide as well, and for similar reasons: the novelty of the puzzle challenge combined with the comfort of the familiar. Dorothy Sayers was five times the writer if you ask me.

    Comment by Ben — August 14, 2007 @ 5:33 am

  2. I know a man who’s unjustly imprisoned, in a place where, among the many restrictions on his life, his choice of reading material is very strictly limited. Just about the only fiction offerings are Harry Potter and Agatha Christie. This is not at the top of a list of grievances, but really rankles nonetheless.

    Comment by CharleyCarp — August 18, 2007 @ 11:15 am

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