Apropos political piss-taking there was a great obituary of the American newspaper humorist Art Buchwald in the Independent this morning. I hadnâ€™t heard that this Pulitzer Prize winning journalist had died (on Wednesday), and I was saddened. I remember as a teenager waiting each evening for my father to arrive home from work with the New York Post (which was quite different in the sixties from what it has morphed into); I would quickly turn to Buchwaldâ€™s column for his ascerbic but unmalicious observations and wit. The obituary quotes Buchwald himself on his gift: â€œAll my life I have been able to sense a personâ€™s weak spot. . . I use humour as a way to insult. For me being funny is the best revenge.â€
The obituary (by the Independentâ€™s fine US correspondent Rupert Cornwall) notes that the Bush presidency gave Buchwald a surfeit of material to lampoon, even after he had had a stroke. It ends with a quote which confirms what I said earlier this week about Martin Luther King Day: â€œIf you attack the establishment long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it.â€
My sadness to day is heavenâ€™s laughter. I can almost hear the hilarity!
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