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Ed Driscoll

Even Iowahawk Sometimes Runs into Muggeridge’s Law

February 6th, 2013 - 8:32 pm

Iowahawk’s late 2008 satire:

“Reality:”

A refresher course on the headline:

While Malcolm Muggeridge was the editor of Punch, it was announced that Khrushchev and Bulganin were coming to England. Muggeridge hit upon the idea of a mock itinerary, a lineup of the most ludicrous places the two paunchy pear-shaped little Soviet leaders could possibly be paraded through during the solemn process of a state visit. Shortly before press time, half the feature had to be scrapped. It coincided exactly with the official itinerary, just released, prompting Muggeridge to observe: We live in an age in which it is no longer possible to be funny. There is nothing you can imagine, no matter how ludicrous, that will not promptly be enacted before your very eyes, probably by someone well known.

– From Tom Wolfe’s “Stalking the Billion-Footed Beast:  A literary manifesto for the new social novel,” Harpers, November, 1989.

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