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Subject:  That's some inspired writing Date:  10/17/2012  3:55 PM
Author:  fleg9bo Number:  649338 of 884641

I spent the last couple of days slogging through the 60-odd pro-Obama essays posted at "90 Days, 90 Reasons." Dave Eggers and Jordan Kurland, a band manager, started the project in July in the hopes that they might "re-inspire the grassroots army that got Obama elected in the first place."

Eggers and friend sought contributions from "a wide range of cultural figures," including actors, directors, various unfunny comics, singers from twee little indie bands with names like My Morning Jacket and a gaggle of self-described "writers." The end product gives the lie to the old adage that "writing is thinking." Staggering genius this ain't -- for the most part, you can find more clarity and insight in Miss America contestants' perennial calls for "world peace."

A few examples: "Life is short, very short, and what are we doing here if not trying to become more generous and loving?" writes creative writing professor George Saunders. "President Obama is a body surfer ... He has a profound respect for nature," notes musician Jack Johnson. Fulfilling the ideal of government for the people "means that transgender men get to work alongside fratboys at an investment bank," write director Tom Gilroy and musician Michael Stipe. "What Obama did -- and continues to do -- is expand the lungs of our ongoing sense of identity," gushes author Colum McCann. Only a narrow-lunged bigot would deny the significance of that achievement. The incoherence, petulance and desperation of "90 Days" documents the decline of a presidential cult.

I write better than those folks on four hours' sleep and with half a bottle of merlot in me. Maybe I should go into show biz or journalism.

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