Found via Betsy Newmark, James Lileks brilliantly deconstructs the recent insane praise by Kurt Vonnegut of Muslim sucide bombers as “very brave people”. (How insane? “You would know death is going to be painless, so the anticipation – it must be an amazing high.”
If (and I’m not holding my breath) Vonnegut ever reads the piece and meets Lileks, I’d like to think the conversation might go somewhat like the line in Red Dragon/Manhunter between Hannibal Lector and FBI Agent Will Graham:
Doctor Hannibal Lector: How did you catch me?
Will Graham: You had disadvantages.
Doctor Hannibal Lector: What disadvantages?
Will Graham: You’re insane.
Over the next couple of decades, as the more elderly members of the cosmpolitan intellectual elite die off, it will be interesting to note which–if any–obits mention the advanced cases of BDS that infected so many of their brains for nearly a decade.