Tuesday, August 24, 2010

QotD: Very Foreign Affairs Edition.

PJ O'Rourke on his trip to Afghanistan:
If you spend 72 hours in a place you’ve never been, talking to people whose language you don’t speak about social, political, and economic complexities you don’t understand, and you come back as the world’s biggest know-it-all, you’re a reporter. Either that or you’re President Obama.
Everything I know about snark, I owe to PJ.


(H/T to Insty.)

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fraid not.

That is wit!

Snark is the product of dull wom n with sharp tongues. That is why so many of them are reporters nd democrats.,.

Tam said...

"That is wit!

Snark is the product of dull wom n with sharp tongues. That is why so many of them are reporters nd democrats.,.
"

I'd say you're about half-qualified to judge wit.

BobG said...

P.J. O'Rourke, H. L. Mencken, and Will Rogers can teach you 90% of what you need to know about politics.

Stretch said...

Should P.J. be President Palin's speechwriter or Press Secretary?

mc said...

On growing up poor PJ said he was thankful in that he did not escape poverty, he escaped help.

Breda said...

He has a new book coming out at the end of next month, btw.

Steve Skubinna said...

PJ is the master of snark, he even towers over Florence King.

To be fair, snark is not Miss King's preferred tool. She'll leave you flayed before you notice the scapel, with O'Rourke it'd be like watching a JDAM come in on your position.

reflectoscope said...

Everything I know about snark, I owe to PJ.

Perhaps by analogy, it is remarkable how much J. J. Cale sounds like Mark Knopfler.

Jim

Nathan said...

"I'd say you're about half-qualified to judge wit."

Tam +1.