I got another headache trying to figure out exactly what Tommy Friedman was talking about. I wonder how he gets away with his “listen-up-class statements” in his columns. I say that in my college classes, and I get killed in the evaluations.
His listen-up moment is:
If you are not feeling both these impulses, you’re not paying attention.
Gee, Tommy, if I don’t agree with you, I am not paying attention. Well, I have been paying attention. I disagree with you.
Then comes a classic: Can anyone please explain the following line for me?
As I’ve tried to argue, this [Mideast] uprising, at root, is not political. It’s existential. It is much more Albert Camus than Che Guevara.
Huh? What does Camus have to do with Che? What does either have to do with the Middle East?
I also do not believe the world is flat, but I guess that’s just me. http://nyti.ms/ltLOqk
I found out how to get rid of my headache by listening to a song, “I’m A Man,” my old rock group played–a Bo Diddley classic performed by the Spencer Davis Group.
It’s a lot better than Tommy’s column!