Wednesday, August 3, 2011

NYTimes columnist bizarrely compares H.P. Lovecraft to the debt crisis


New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has a very strange piece about the U.S. debt deal wherein she (needlessly) talks about our beloved author H.P. Lovecraft. Normally I wouldn't write about such things, but this is so weird that I had to. Here's the pertinent bit:
The influential horror writer H. P. Lovecraft knew better than to be too literal in his description of monsters. 
In the short story "The Outsider," Lovecraft’s narrator offers a description that matches how some alarmed Democrats view Tea Partiers: "I cannot even hint what it was like, for it was a compound of all that is unclean, uncanny, unwelcome, abnormal and detestable. It was the ghoulish shade of decay, antiquity and desolation; the putrid, dripping eidolon of unwholesome revelation; the awful baring of that which the merciful earth should always hide. God knows it was not of this world."
She also brings in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Jaws, The Exorcist and many other fine works of horror that also have no bearing whatsoever on national politics.

6 comments:

  1. You know you've been reading too much Lovecraft when politics Washington DC reminds you of Innsmouth!

    No, wait, that's a perfectly legitimate comparison. Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Obama R'lyeh wgah'nagl Boehner! Can I vote now?

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