March 1, 2006

Books about one abstraction, in this case "cunning," and the infinite complexities of Tammy Faye.

An essay about a book on the subject of "cunning." (Via A&L Daily.) The book is by a lawprof, Don Herzog.
As Herzog says, the cunning learn how to mimic the virtuous. And the clever mimic the dull ("Do you suppose you fellows could teach me a bit about this game of poker you're playing?") That creates layers of ambiguous identities, like the mirrored personalities of double agents. Groucho Marx, as Rufus T. Firefly in Duck Soup, offers reassurance: "Gentlemen, Chicolini here may talk like an idiot, and look like an idiot, but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot." To what extent, Herzog asks, does Tammy Faye Bakker's elaborately contrived make-up define her? Would she still be Tammy if her face were unadorned?
I haven't read the book. But I have seen "Duck Soup"! And I've seen "The Eyes of Tammy Faye." I wonder how deeply Herzog delved into the infinite complexities of Tammy Faye. Don't take that woman lightly. She means something!


Robert said...

Tammy Faye is a kind and generous person who pretty much just emanates love in all directions. Don't take her too lightly, indeed.

Anonymous said...

Cunning or virtuous?

Actually Ann, I am truly befuddled. When Sam Alito wrote this thank you note to James Dobson for his help in getting Alito confirmed, was his actions out of line as some bloggers have written? Is his letter, is his acknowledgement of James Dobson's aid grounds for him to recuse himself when issues that Focus on the Family advocates for comes before the court?

Focus on the Family aided Alito confirmation, Focus on the Family would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned, is there a conflict of interest there?

Was Dobson cunning? Alito virtuous?