The Year of Thinking Creatively
Saying Downturn Is Possible, Bush Trumpets Tax Cut
Buoyed by Fed Move, Bush Pushes Tax Cut
Citing Stock Market Rebound, Bush Promotes Tax Cut
Impressed by Unemployment Rise, Bush Plugs Tax Cut
The New York Times, April 1, 2001
Touring Disaster Zone, Bush Urges Tax Cut
Stunned by Miami Herald Vote Recount, Bush Presses Tax Cut
Stumbling in Polls, Bush Boosts Tax Cut
Meeting with Arafat, Bush Touts Tax Cut
Arrested for DUI, Bush Pleads for Tax Cut
Fearing Millennial Apocalypse, Bush Offers Tax Cut
Has there ever been a more compulsively didactic politician than the onetime Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich? With plenty of time on his hands now that he isn't leading a revolution in Washington, Gingrich is reading a lot of books. When the spirit moves him, which apparently is quite often, he lets the world know of his literary assessments by posting comments in the Amazon.com customer review section. As first reported by Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam, Gingrich "is quick on the draw with pithy, 500-word reviews. He will never be confused with Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, but he knows what he likes, even if he sometimes has trouble articulating it." Beam then quotes a Gingrich review of John Sandford's "Prey" series: "I actually cannot tell you precisely why I like these books so much, which may be the greatest testimonial I can give them as simply good reads."
"I read two to four books a week depending on how hard they are," Gingrich told Beam. "I read light fiction very quickly but read physics or complicated management theory much slower."
For those seeking further edification, Gingrich's collected book reviews are available, of course, on his Web site, www.newt.org.
Department of Stunning Revelations
Ashcroft vows to let laws prevail
Headline in The Boston Globe, January 17, 2001
Key to pardon is access: Many who get presidential action have connections
Headline in The Washington Post, January 22, 2001