MAUREEN DOWD : Camus Comes to Crawford, Macaca - gate: George Allen - Macaca, & More
MAUREEN DOWD - The New York Times
16 Aug 2006 14:56 GMT
Dowd: Crawford Camus - If there was ever a confirmation of Albert Camus’s sense of the absurdity of life, it’s that the president is reading him. - PLUS: Macaca - gate: Bush admin silences PBS on Sen.George Allen (R-VA)) racial slur - PLUS: Democrats's May Strip Lieberman's Committee Assignments - PLUS: North Korea floods leave 54,700 dead, missing - PLUS: Israel threatens to reinvade if Hezblollah does not disarm: Hezbollah says no chance & more
Camus Comes to Crawford
By MAUREEN DOWD
Published: August 16, 2006
If there was ever a confirmation of Albert Camus’s sense of the absurdity of life, it’s that the president is reading him.
Strangely enough, we find two famous men reading Albert Camus’s “The Stranger” this summer.
One is Jean Girard, the villainous gay French race car driver hilariously played by Sacha Baron Cohen (a k a Ali G and Borat) — the sinuous rival to Will Ferrell’s stocky Ricky Bobby in “Talladega Nights.”
Girard, a jazz-loving, white-silk-scarf-wearing, America-disdaining Formula Un driver sponsored by Perrier, is so smooth he can sip macchiato from a china cup, smoke Gitanes and read “L’Etranger” behind the wheel and still lead the Nascar pack.
Frenchie contemptuously informs “cowboy” Bobby that America merely gave the world George Bush, Cheerios and the ThighMaster while France invented democracy, existentialism and the ménage à trois.
The other guy kindling to Camus is none other than the aforementioned George Bush, who read “The Stranger” in English on his Crawford vacation and, Tony Snow told me, “liked it.” Name-dropping existentialists is good for picking up girls, as Woody Allen’s schlemiels found, or getting through the clove-cigarette fog of Humanities 101. But it does seem odd that W., who once mocked NBC’s David Gregory as “intercontinental” for posing a question in French to the French president in France, would choose Camus over Grisham.
Camus is not beach reading — or brush reading. How on earth did this book make it into the hands of our proudly anti-intellectual president?
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Just a Gigolo
In the go-go ’90s, George Allen sat on the board of a Virginia tech company. Now, the company faces several class-action suits and an SEC insiders probe.
By Garance Franke-Ruta
Issue Date: 09.12.06
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