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New Pixar Movie Trailer: Monsters University

Monday, February 11th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle News
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Hat tip: Badass Digest

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Previously at PJ Lifestyle on Pixar:

The Pixar Canon: 4 Misses And 8 Hits

No Redheaded Stepchild: Brave Innovations Pay Off for Pixar

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Cat-Obsessed Internet Triumphs In New Monopoly Token Pick

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle News

via Shocker! Internet Votes Cat as New Monopoly Piece.

This is what happens when you let the Internet choose.

Hasbro let fans decide on a new token for the game (and which of the old tokens to boot) on Jan. 9. The voting closed Tuesday night. The result: The iron is out and a new character, a cat, is in.

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North Koreans Forced to Cannibalize Their Own Children

Monday, January 28th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle News

via Starving North Korean parents ‘eating their children’ | The Sun |News.

HUNGRY parents in North Korea have been caught eating their CHILDREN to avoid starvation, according to reports.

One father is said to have been executed by firing squad for killing his two kids for food.

And it has sparked fears there could be further cases of cannibalism in the country.

The Sunday Times told how undercover reporters recorded several horror stories from inside the poverty-stricken nation.

They included one man who dug up his grandchild’s corpse to eat and another who boiled his child and ate the flesh.

Thousands of North Koreans are feared to be starving to death while their chubby leader Kim Jong-Un regularly dines on banquets.

It is claimed that more than 10,000 people could have died from in the provinces south of the capital Pyongyang alone.

Hat Tip: Mark Levin

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Is GQ’s ‘Hottest Women’ List Racist?

Thursday, January 17th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle News

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via GQ Publishes Offensive “Hottest Women” List | Love + Sex – Yahoo! Shine.

GQ just released their “The 100 Sexiest Women of the Millennium” issue featuring Beyonce on the cover as “Miss Millennium.” Flip through it and you’ll find the obvious nods to Jessica Simpson, Kim Kardashian, and Katie Holmes. But this year, the lad mag has included some ethnic specific categories that have some people raising their eyebrows. Examples:
•    “Hottest Indian Chick”: Freida Pinto

•    “Hottest Pregnant Sri Lankan”: M.I.A

•    “Hottest Italian Chick”: Monica Belluci

•    “Hottest Chinese Chick”: Zhang Ziyi (sometimes credited as Ziyi Zhang)

More on Yahoo! Anthropology Sells Racially Offensive Candlestick For $398

While there may not be anything inherently wrong with saying someone is a “Hot Chinese woman” the seemingly arbitrary racial call-outs have people squirming. For example, why did the magazine deem Beyonce “Miss Millennium” but not “Miss African-American Millennium?” Mila Kunis was included in the top three hottie picks but the magazine didn’t mention her Ukranian roots. And why was Kim Kardashian lauded for her performance in her 2007 sex tape but not labeled “Hottest Armenian Porn Star”?

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Interview: Sheryl Longin and Roger L. Simon on The Party Line Today on The Hugh Hewitt Show

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle News

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Amazon Editor’s Pick: Andrew Klavan’s A Killer in the Wind

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle News

Official Description:

Three years ago, working vice for the NYPD, Dan Champion uncovered a sex slavery ring run by a kingpin known only as the Fat Woman. Obsessed with bringing her down, Champion infiltrated a world of sexual obsession and perversity. He broke the case, but the case also broke him. He started taking drugs and soon began to form hallucinations…a dead child prowling the streets of New York…a beautiful woman named Samantha who would have given him the love he always wanted—if she’d only been real.

Now Champion is a small town detective, chasing burglars and juvenile delinquents, hanging out at the local tavern where he is romancing a waitress. The ghosts and hallucinations are finally behind him as he begins to rebuild his life. Then one night Champion is called to examine the body of a woman who has washed ashore. Yet when he looks at her face, he sees that it’s Samantha, the woman he dreamed about long ago…a woman who doesn’t exist.

Suddenly, Champion is haunted again, only this time it’s by a team of expert killers who want to make sure he never finds the truth: the truth about the dead child who wanders through his imagination; the truth about the lover who inhabits his dreams; and the truth about a killer who has been on the run — in the wind — for a lifetime. The ghosts of the dead are all around him, and Champion has to find out who murdered them, fast, or he could become one of them himself.

Click here to purchase and don’t forget to catch up on some of Andrew Klavan’s newest PJM articles at Klavan on Culture.

Click here for an exclusive excerpt of A Killer in the Wind.

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VIDEO: Rotten Tomatoes Reviews The Hobbit

Monday, December 17th, 2012 - by PJ Lifestyle News

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VIDEO: Michael Moynihan on the Conspiratorial Visions of Noam Chomsky

Monday, December 17th, 2012 - by PJ Lifestyle News

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Nurse Duped by Radio DJs in Kate Middleton Phone Prank Commits Suicide

Friday, December 7th, 2012 - by PJ Lifestyle News

via Jacintha Saldanha: ‘Excellent nurse’ who took Kate Middleton hoax phone call found dead in suspected suicide | Mail Online.

A nurse who transferred a prank phone call from two Australian radio presenters about the Duchess of Cambridge has died in a suspected suicide – two days after being duped.

The body of Jacintha Saldanha, who was working on the switchboard, was found at an address yards away from King Edward VII Hospital, where she worked, just before 9.30am today.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge issued a statement saying they are ‘deeply saddened’ by the tragedy and said they had not made a complaint, adding: ‘Their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.’

‘On the contrary we offered our full and heartfelt support to the nurses involved and hospital staff at all times.’

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Anti-American Gangnam Style Star Also Rapped About Murdering US Soldiers and Their Families

Friday, December 7th, 2012 - by PJ Lifestyle News

via K-pop star PSY once advocated ‘slowly and painfully’ killing US soldiers | Twitchy.

The lyrics of the anti-US song performed live by PSY and several other popular Korean singers  in 2004 (shortly after the US invaded Iraq) were first translated into English  two months ago on CNN’s iReport:

싸이 rap :

이라크 포로를 고문해 댄 씨발양년놈들과

고문 하라고 시킨 개 씨발 양년놈들에

딸래미 애미 며느리 애비 코쟁이 모두 죽여

아주 천천히 죽여 고통스럽게 죽여

PSY Rap:

Kill those f***ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives

Kill those f***ing Yankees who ordered them to torture

Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers

Kill them all slowly and painfully

PSY’s anti-American views weren’t discussed when the K-Pop star appeared on Ellen.

Exit question: Will anyone in the mainstream media ask PSY if he still supports killing US soldiers and their family members?

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Glenn Beck Teams Up With Vince Vaughn For Documentary Reality Show

Thursday, December 6th, 2012 - by PJ Lifestyle News

via Glenn Beck, Vince Vaughn, Peter Billingsley launch reality show – Yahoo! News.

NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) – Glenn Beck is launching a reality show with Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley to find great documentary filmmakers.

Vaughn is one of Hollywood’s highest profile conservatives, and a recent Ron Paul supporter. Billingsley, a producer and director who often works with Vaughn, is celebrated this time of year for his childhood role in the classic film “A Christmas Story.”

The new reality show, called “Pursuit of Truth,” will air on Beck’s TheBlazeTV. It will feature documentaries submitted to the show as it seeks “the world’s next great documentary filmmaker.” Twenty competitors will see the ultimate prize of financing and worldwide distribution.]

“I am proud to announce that Vince Vaughn and I are going to be the executive producers,” Beck said on his Wednesday radio show, according to Politico. “That should make everybody’s head spin. What the hell is Vince Vaughn doing with a crazy man? I know, that’s what my friends say. Glenn, what are you doing with the crazy man Vince Vaughn? Yes. It’s great, isn’t it? I love it.”

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New Teaser Trailer: Star Trek Into Darkness

Thursday, December 6th, 2012 - by PJ Lifestyle News
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Netflix and Disney Tie the Knot

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 - by PJ Lifestyle News

via UPDATE: Netflix Shares Soar After Announcing Disney Deal – Deadline.com.

PREVIOUS, 10:55 AM: Today’s deal will make Netflix the first pay-TV window for live-action and animated feature films from Disney beginning with 2016′s theatrical releases. A separate catalog agreement also was made. The pact begins with Disney films released theatrically in 2016; direct-to-video titles will hit the service beginning next year. Disney titles haven’t been available on the online movie service since the February, when Netflix’s deal with Starz — which included rights to stream newer Disney and Sony movies — expired after negotiations broke down.

Beverly Hills, Ca. and Burbank, Ca. –December 4, 2012—Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq:NFLX) and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) today announced a new multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run live-action and animated feature films from The Walt Disney Studios.

Beginning with its 2016 theatrically released feature films, new Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios and Disneynature titles will be made available for Netflix members to watch instantly in the pay TV window on multiple platforms, including television, tablets, computers and mobile phones. Also included in the agreement are high-profile Disney direct-to-video new releases, which will be made available on Netflix starting in 2013.

Separately, Disney and Netflix have reached agreement on a multi-year catalog deal that today brings to U.S. Netflix members such beloved Disney movies such as “Dumbo,” “Pocahontas” and “Alice in Wonderland.”

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Counterculture Conservatism: Pete Townshend, Self-Confessed ‘Neo-Con’

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 - by PJ Lifestyle News

via Pete Townshend’s political confession: “I’m a bit of a neocon” | Power Players – Yahoo! News.

If you ask Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey about political messages behind the The Who’s music, they’ll be quick to tell you the band steered clear of mixing politics and music. But when these rock legends sat down with ABC’s Jonathan Karl to talk about their work for teens with cancer, they didn’t shy away from talking about both politics and music.

Townshend, who described himself “a bit of a neocon” politically, said he was surprised that Mitt Romney lost the election to President Obama.

“I thought he [Romney] was throwing the money in such buckets and I thought Obama looked, looked tired,” Townshend said of the presidential election.

While Townshend said he mostly tries to stay out of politics, he thought the election’s outcome was good in the sense that it provides consistency in the midst of an economic recovery. “You need a continuum now I think,” said Townshend.

 

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‘Few of Those Who Are Single, Irreligious, and Economically Challenged Before Age 30 Will Stay That Way…’

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 - by PJ Lifestyle News

via The Not-So-Liberal American Future – The Daily Beast.

Of course it’s too early to determine with any certainty whether the same maturing process will work its magic on youthful Obama cadres from 2008 and 2012, but there is some indication that the shift has already begun. As the hope-and-change candidate of four years ago, Obama swept voters between 18 and 29 by a truly stunning margin of 34 points, 66 to 32 percent. Four years later, a significant portion of those true believers had moved into the 30- to 45-year-old segment of the population, a group that chose Obama with a much more modest majority of 52 percent. It was exactly the same percentage, by the way, that he received from the same age group four years before.

Chait suggests that the progressive inclinations of this year’s under-30s will remain steady and unshakable as the years pass, citing polling data showing 33 percent of young voters calling themselves liberal in 2012, compared to 25 percent of the larger electorate. But that’s a reflection of their circumstances as much as their ideological commitment. People under 30 are disproportionately single, religiously uncommitted, and earning incomes below the national median. Such voters combined to deliver Obama’s margin of victory.

Among the unmarried, who make up 41 percent of the electorate, Obama won by a margin of 24 percent. Among the 17 percent who say they “never” attend religious services, he won by 28 percent. And with those earning less than $50,000 a year, who comprise 41 percent of the voting public, he enjoyed a 22-percent edge.

The most salient point about all these characteristics is that, like youth itself, they count as temporary: the statistics show that few of those who are single, irreligious, and economically challenged before age 30 will stay that way as they progress through middle age and beyond. And it’s no accident that Romney won big majorities of those groups—the married, the religiously engaged, and the economically prosperous—associated so clearly with the middle aged and the middle class.

Chait expresses admiration for the 59 percent of young voters who agreed with the statement that “government should do more to solve problems” and assumes that this opinion stems from thoughtful analysis of the issues of the day. But it’s at least as plausible that the youthful preference for activist government stems from the relatively small number of those between 18 and 29 who’ve ever been asked to pay for such initiatives. IRS figures indicate that they are vastly under-represented among the bare majority of Americans who pay personal income taxes, and even more under-represented among those who pay at the highest rates. It’s also safe to assume that under-30s include a substantial number who benefit directly from subsidized student loans, either as current students or as recent graduates struggling with debt.

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$141.3 Million Opening For Twilight Finale

Monday, November 19th, 2012 - by PJ Lifestyle News
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via Weekend Report: ‘Breaking Dawn’ Ends ‘Twilight’ Franchise on Strong Note – Box Office Mojo.

The fifth and final Twilight movie opened to an outstanding $141.3 million this weekend, though that wasn’t quite enough to set a new record for the popular franchise. Meanwhile, Skyfall had another strong weekend and Lincoln over-performed in its nationwide debut; as a result, the Top 12 earned around $237 million, which makes this the sixth-highest-grossing weekend ever.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2′s estimated $141.3 million ranks eighth all-time and fourth in 2012 behind The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and The Hunger Games. Among Twilight movies, it wound up slightly ahead of predecessor Breaking Dawn Part 1 ($138.1 million), but a tad below New Moon’s franchise-best $142.8 million. This makes Twilight the first franchise ever to have three movies earn over $130 million in their first three days.

While this is undeniably a fantastic debut, there’s a nagging feeling it should have done slightly better given the movie’s finale status; past franchise finales like The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Star Wars: Episode III -Revenge of the Sith easily had the best debuts for their series. At least Twilight didn’t see much, if any, audience attrition, which is a rare thing for most franchises.

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VIDEO: New Trailer for Oz: The Great and Powerful

Thursday, November 15th, 2012 - by PJ Lifestyle News

via Watch The Full Trailer For Sam Raimi’s OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL | Badass Digest.

I’m pretty sure I’m down for this movie. I’ve been hesitant, but I really dig the new trailer. While I don’t actually love the aesthetic, it’s vivid and dazzling and will look wonderful in 3D, not that muddled garbage we saw in Alice in Wonderland. I’m a big fan of Sam Raimi’s goofy sense of humor, and all of the actors seem to be having a great time here.

I never know what to think about James Franco – that guy is such a weird mystery to me – but he has a naturally self-pleased, humbug air about him that will serve him well as Oscar Diggs, the young Wizard of Oz. And he’s in turns manipulated and assisted by three of the loveliest and most talented witches possible, with Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis turning in performances as Glinda, Evanora and Theodora, respectively.

Also, Zach Braff plays a flying monkey.

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Harrison Ford: Han Solo Should Have Died in Return of the Jedi

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 - by PJ Lifestyle News

via Harrison Ford Wanted Han Solo To Die, Would Return For Star Wars VII | The Mary Sue.

The next logical step in a huge Disney/LucasFilm purchase announcement is who will direct and who will star in Star Wars VII. Speculation is running wild since last week but a few tidbits are slowly leaking out. For instance, Harrison Ford is apparently up for returning to his iconic role even though he really wanted Han Solo to die. This is what we get for hiring a smuggler.

The news comes via Entertainment Weekly. According to a “highly-placed source” Ford is “open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are.” The source is including his Star Wars co-stars Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

But Ford, who has admitted to not particularly liking Han as a character in the past, said this in a 2010 interview, “I thought he should have died in the last one to give it some bottom…George [Lucas] didn’t think there was any future in dead Han toys.” And in fact, that was the case, Han was meant to die in an earlier draft of Return of the Jedi. So would he insist on going out in a blaze of glory should he return?

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Will Washington and Colorado Voters Legalize Marijuana Today?

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 - by PJ Lifestyle News

via Three states to vote on legalizing recreational pot – chicagotribune.com.

Voters in three western U.S. states go to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use in a move that could spur a showdown with the federal government, with polls showing legalization ahead in Washington and Colorado.

If voters approve the measures, the states could become the first in the country to legalize the recreational use of pot. Each of the initiatives would see marijuana taxed and would regulate its sale in special stores to adults age 21 and older.

But the prospect of legalizing pot, which the federal government considers an illicit and dangerous drug liable to be abused, has raised concerns about how to keep stoned drivers off the roads and joints out of the hands of teenagers.

A survey of 932 likely voters in Washington state released on Saturday by Public Policy Polling found 53 percent support legalization, with a margin of error of 3.2 percent.

Legalization was also ahead in Colorado, where a recent SurveyUSA poll of 695 likely voters conducted for the Denver Post showed 50 percent in favor and 44 percent opposed. The survey had a 3.8 percent margin of error.

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Susannah Breslin Reveals the Secrets in ’30 Days Of Freelancing’ Series

Friday, November 2nd, 2012 - by PJ Lifestyle News

via 30 Days Of Freelancing: Day 1 – Forbes.

This month, I’ll be chronicling my life as a freelancer.

This is Day 1.

TIP #1: Timing is everything.

I spend several days and one therapy session trying to figure out what to do with my Forbes blog this month.

Last month, I didn’t post much at all. The month before that, I wrote about obscenity. Originally, this blog was about what happened after I got downsized.

My therapist tries to convince me that whatever I do will be good.

I wait until I have 30 minutes left in the day, EST, and then I start.

TIP #2: Work slower.

Have you heard of the slow food movement? It’s part of the slow movement. Apparently, there’s something called the slow work movement. Pete Bacevice is its philosopher.

I decide I’m a recovering workaholic. The slow work movement will be my Alcoholics Anonymous. I will take 30 days to become a slower worker.

In theory, if you work less, you are happier. I am not sure how to get there. But I will try.

Start the Series Now.

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Lena Dunham, Millennial Sell-Out

Thursday, November 1st, 2012 - by PJ Lifestyle News

via ‘Girls’ creator Lena Dunham loses it with voting/virginity ads – Washington Times.

Not too long ago, I praised Miss Dunham’s critically acclaimed HBO show “Girls” for its candid depiction of the hook-up culture. With its painfully awkward and unerotic sex scenes, the Emmy-nominated show revealed just how grim and degrading sex in the era of post-feminism has become, especially for women.

The show’s message that casual sex leads to the objectification of women stood in direct contrast to the standard pop culture trope — found in shows like “Sex and the City,” magazines like Cosmopolitan, and movies like “No Strings Attached” — that sex with no strings attached empowers girls.

“I felt like I was cruelly duped by much of the television I saw,” Miss Dunham told the New York Times last spring on the eve of the debut of “Girls.”

“I heard so many of my friends saying, ‘Why can’t I have sex and feel nothing?’ It was amazing: that this was the new goal,” she said in another interview with The Times.

Sex, in other words, is not a casual thing. To act like it is leads to the objectification of women.

That was Miss Dunham 1.0.

To Miss Dunham 2.0, women really are just sexual objects, after all. They make important decisions, like voting for president, by consulting what goes on between their legs rather than by what goes on between their ears. As she advises in the ad, “You want to do it with a guy who cares whether you get health insurance and specifically whether you get birth control.”

Translation: The kind of guy you should have sex with (or vote for) is someone whose primary concern is not with who you are, what you want, or what you think, but with you not getting pregnant with his kid. To me, this guy sounds like a jerk. To Miss Dunham, this guy sounds like Barack Obama. This must be a joke right? “The video may be light, but the message is serious,” Miss Dunham tweeted last week.

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Louis Farrakhan Marries the Nation of Islam With Scientology

Friday, October 26th, 2012 - by PJ Lifestyle News

via The Nation of Islam Discovers Scientology :: Daniel Pipes.

The Nation of Islam’s historic role as a bridge between American blacks and Islam ended in 1975 when W. Deen Mohammed followed his father, Elijah Muhammad as leader of the Nation and immediately disavowed his father’s folk religion, bringing his followers to normative Islam, the Islam of the Middle East. From then on, despite the theatrics of Louis Farrakhan, the Nation has been in a long downward trajectory. Now comes evidence, thanks to Eliza Gray writing about “Thetans and Bowties” in The New Republic, of a jaw-dropping turn by Farrakhan, 79, to Scientology; as her subtitle puts it, “America’s two weirdest sects join forces.”

The connection goes back seven years:

the story of how Farrakhan came to embrace it concerns a Nation minister in Los Angeles named Tony Muhammad. In 2005, Muhammad was beaten by the LAPD at a prayer vigil he’d helped organize for a young man killed in a drive-by shooting. The incident plunged him into an agitated, depressed state. A concerned friend introduced him to Scientology, which he credits with saving his life. When Farrakhan later met with Muhammad, he was amazed by the transformation and, as Muhammad tells it in an audio clip posted on YouTube, exclaimed: “Whatever you’re on—I want some of it.”

Five years later, things moved into high gear:

The first large-scale introduction of Scientology to Nation members took place in August 2010, when hundreds of believers from around the country traveled to Rosemont, Illinois, near the Nation’s headquarters, for a seminar in Dianetics, a foundational belief system of Scientology. There, they were guided through auditing sessions—a kind of hybrid between hypnosis and confession—in which a Scientologist purges painful experiences from his subconscious in the presence of an “auditor.” At the end of the seminar, Farrakhan told the group he wanted everyone in attendance to become a certified auditor.



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Iron Man 3 Trailer: ‘Some People Call Me a Terrorist, I Consider Myself a Teacher.’

Thursday, October 25th, 2012 - by PJ Lifestyle News

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Annette Gordon-Reed’s Devastating Debunking of A Thomas Jefferson Hack Biography

Friday, October 19th, 2012 - by PJ Lifestyle News

via Henry Wiencek’s The Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson biography, debunked. – Slate Magazine.

Almost 20 years have passed since the publication of Jeffersonian Legacies, a collection of essays published on the occasion of the Founding Father’s 250th birthday that ushered in a new era of Jefferson scholarship. What were modern Americans to make, the book asked, of the 18th-century slaveholding patriarch who could not envision a multiracial America but who nonetheless authored America’s creed—a vision that has inspired people the world over? At the very least, one had to be, the book suggested, conflicted about the man.

Henry Wiencek is not at all conflicted. He loathes Thomas Jefferson. In Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves, his attempted takedown of the man, the third president appears as a demonic figure warped one summer day by a sudden discovery that being a slaveholder could pay. I’ll detail how Wiencek arrives at his bizarre proof of a Jefferson who suddenly becomes Simon Legree, but I should say up front that this book fails as a work of scholarship. This is surprising. I favorably reviewed Wiencek’s book about George Washington, Imperfect God, and I admire The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White. What happened with Master of the Mountain?

The book’s tone and presentation betray a journalistic obsession with “the scoop.” Getting the scoop can be the life’s blood of journalism. It does not work so well for writing history, which is not always (or almost ever, really) about discovering things previously unknown. This sensibility leads Weincek astray in a number of ways. To begin with, it compels him to write as if he had discovered, and was writing about, things that had not been discovered and written about before. In truth, all of the important stories in this book have been told by others.

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