Monday, February 18, 2008


“This is just like Pearl Harbor,” one of the men said.

The other asked, “What is Pearl Harbor?”

“That was when the Vietnamese dropped bombs in a harbor, and it started the Vietnam War,” the first man replied.

... and that's when she decided to write her latest book.

So recounts Susan Jacoby, author of The Age of American Unreason, which explores the phenomenon of embracing ignorance, as an issue separate from the standard hostility toward fancy pants intellectuals. Vector: NYT Books, via Greg.

1 comment:

Rufus said...

I'm starting to think many people see stupidity as a valid lifestyle choice.