Sunday, March 25, 2012

rethinking his writing

like many others, I've had little but condescension for the columnist frank bruni who is, by my lights, a 3rd-tier frank rich and furlongs behind russel baker, both of whose coveted sunday real estate he is parked on at the nytimes opinion pages. that said, this piece is really, really well done. it's nuanced, apologetic without being obsequious, and at the close, when I expected an unearned "awww," a good kick in the teeth. reading bruni could become the columnist version of the reason I watch law & order: svu each week. it is generally hackwork with some good turns of phrase but more often misinformation and inexplicable human behavior and once in a while really, really well done.

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