Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Being James Lileks

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2005 at 11:18 AM

I don't have many daily "must-see" stops on the Internet, but I always make it a point to drop by James Lileks' place to see what's going on. There's all kinds of stuff there, and if you're not careful, you'll get sucked in for a while as you poke around all of his nooks and crannies.

Also, check out his daily "Bleats" and his "Screedblog" for some real reading pleasure. He's an absolutely terrific stylist, and when he goes off on a rant, well, it can be something to behold. (more...) Here's a sampling of something from yesterday, when Lileks takes on a goofy piece by Robin Givhan of the Washington Post, wherein she uses 724 words worth of valuable journalistic real estate (this is the paper that once broke Watergate, for crying out loud) to complain that the Roberts family looked a little too formal for the President's announcement of the nomination at the White House:

Excerpt from Givhan:

"But the Roberts family went too far. In announcing John Roberts as his Supreme Court nominee, the president inextricably linked the individual -- and his family -- to the sweep of tradition. In their attire, there was nothing too informal; there was nothing immodest. There was only the feeling that, in the desire to be appropriate and respectful of history, the children had been costumed in it."

Lileks' response:

"Why, it’s almost as if the Roberts thought they were better than the rest of us. I’ll tell you this: when it comes to dressing the kids, it’s quite possible they look at parents who get on airplanes in flip-flops with 12-year old daughters who have the word JUICY spelled out on their behinds, and they actually do think they’re better than those parents. Because they put some stock in appearance, in public decorum. When required. Like showing up at the White House. To be nominated for the Supreme Court. That's the sort of event that makes a man spend fifteen minutes choosing his socks, even though they'll never been seen, and even though they're black."

Read the whole thing.

(And, by the way, if this is the worst thing anyone can come up with about Roberts (besides the usual stuff), I'm going to have to up my prediction of last week--from 59-41 to, say, 76-24.)

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