A couple days ago, Stephen King cranked off another one of those "Tax me more!" diatribes that squizillionaires are turning out these days, apparently in hopes of not being confused with those other evil rich guys so please keep reading my books/listening to my songs/going to my movies/buying my stuff America. These get on my nerves like those songs that whine about the miseries of life as a rock star ("Oh the road it gets so lonely,/With all the hookers and the blow...") so I've had it open in a tab and finally got around to reading it this morning.
In the opening paragraph, he tut-tutted Governor Christie, commenting that "it may be a comment on the coarsening of American discourse that his brash rudeness is often taken for charm."
The subsequent three page screed is full of gems like "Here’s another crock of fresh bullshit [sic] delivered by the right wing of the Republican Party," and sharp elbows and thumb gouges to Tea Partiers, Southerners, and pretty much everyone else he doesn't see eye-to-political-eye with.
Wow, Steve, just wow; way to elevate the discourse, there. I'd like to say that I'm all in a huff and not going to buy your books anymore, but truthfully, I stopped buying them quite some time ago. Back then, it was nothing personal: Once you got Too Big To Edit, I just decided to stick with your short story collections and avoid the rambling phone-book-sized novels. Now? Now I get to feel good about not buying your books. Thanks!