Donkey Punch

October 10, 2007

I’ve been had.

Filed under: Mea Culpa, Michael Lewis, Not Funny, Outrage Fatigue, Politics — t4toby @ 3:08 pm

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Concerning yesterday’s post

Yesterday I wrote to Michael Lewis to ask if he was joking. Here’s what I said:

Is this article sarcasm? I can find nothing in your writing that indicate whether you are a heartless bastard, or a writer of terribly obvious sarcasm.

I am writing an article in which I will quote you.

You’re a journalist, so I’d appreciate honesty.

Yes, the typos were there in the original. I’m not renowned for my editing skills.

His response:

If it’s so obvious how come you can’t tell? Oh–that’s right-you’re a fool.

Fair enough. My response to his response:

I read articles very similar to this every day where the people are not kidding. There are people who regularly espouse similar beliefs. This article would be right at home on the Free Republic, Pajamas Media, Mark Steyn, Dan Riehl, etc.

You seem have a history of stock trading, and nowhere can I find (via Google) any previous attempts at humor.

The fact that you live in Berkley makes me think you must be kind of liberal, so you must find these kinds of POVs repulsive.

In this day and age, with the corporations and the ultra rich completely subjugating the masses, we don’t need any voices lending themselves to the shrieking chorus of compassionless Neanderthals.

If you don’t know what I mean, try a search for ‘Graeme Frost’.

Blasé humor was funny in the ’80s. What does it say about the world that I was ready to believe that you were serious?

In conclusion, I will note that you copped to it being a joke, and that I may have over-reacted. I guess I have read so much bile and hate that I’m losing my sense of humor. I apologize for painting you with the tar that belongs on the likes of Malkin, Limbaugh, Lowry, et al.

As far as the ‘fool’ thing goes, I guess I will never amount to the intellectual giant that you seem to think you are. C’est la vie…

So I over-reacted to this humorous column, because, as has been noted before, 9/11 signaled the death of irony. I attacked when I should have waited for the response. I was overly sensitive to the message of hate and total contempt for anyone who isn’t rich.

If you know me personally, you probably know I sometimes go off half cocked. But I gotta be me, because the alternative is oblivion.

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3 Comments »

  1. He still sounds like an asshole. Your response was right on….excellent.

    Comment by marty — October 10, 2007 @ 5:27 pm

  2. […] t4toby over at Donkey Punch has taken things one step further: Yesterday I wrote to Michael Lewis to ask if he was joking. Here’s what I said: Is this article […]

    Pingback by The Midpoint » Funnyball! — October 10, 2007 @ 5:49 pm

  3. Shit, you never can tell nowadays, with every single idiot in our government scrambling to be more right wing than every other politician. Your response was completely reasonable. It is better to keep asking, to keep trying to get to the bottom of things.

    Comment by atheist — October 11, 2007 @ 7:25 pm


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