sixty books?

The Bush administration’s latest lie, that he has read sixty books so far this year, is priceless:

Maybe it was the influence of his wife, Laura, a former librarian, or his mother, Barbara, a longtime promoter of literacy. Or perhaps he was just eager to dispel his image as an intellectual lightweight. But President Bush now wants it known that he is a man of letters. In fact, Bush has entered a book-reading competition with Karl Rove, his political adviser. White House aides say the president has read 60 books so far this year (while the brainy Rove, to Bush's competitive delight, has racked up only 50). [emphasis added]

Ezra Klein’s post at American Prospect takes Bush to task, but I’m bothered by Klein’s assertion that:

Reading books, particularly nonfiction books, takes a really long time. It's hard, and it's boring, and I say this all as an effete liberal intellectual who likes reading long, boring books but can't, like everyone else I know, seem to finish them.

As someone who actually has read more than sixty books this year, I recognize that I am atypical. Like Klein, I would probably also classify myself as a “liberal intellectual” who likes reading long books, but I rarely find them boring. Maybe he’s not reading the right books?

(Thanks to Steve Benen at Crooks and Liars for the tip.)


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)