James Wolcott, motivated by “boredom, the lowest motivation there is,” looked over the NYT bestseller lists this weekend.
I have to admit I was surprised at what I found. Pleasantly surprised, for once.
The number one nonfiction bestseller in the country is Our Endangered Values by–Jimmy Carter….
It must madden right wingers. Thirty years they’ve flogged his name with a shitstick and he goes into the Christmas season with the country’s bestselling nonfiction title. Whereas the only conservative book on Times’ top-fifteen list hanging on at #14, Peter Schweizer’s Do As I Say (Not as I Do), by Peter Schweizer, a hodge-podge of “profiles in liberal hypocrisy.”
I’ve notice a certain nyah-nyah, finger-wagging tendency in rightwing titles. Out on the market along with Do As I Say (Not as I Do) is a book-length attack on Al Franken called Pants On Fire. I suppose it’s only a matter of time before Jonah Goldberg completes the trend with a booger-flicking retort to his blog critics called I Know You Are, But What Am I? You know, as soon as he finishes his meticulous Herbert Spencer research.