Violet cataclysm

Not that it’s any fun to mock Frank Rich — on the “shooting fish in a barrel” scale, we’re talking lasers aimed at tortoises — but John Salmon will not be thwarted:

I understand that a GOP Stalinist is a lot like an illiterate novelist … or maybe a purple cow.

Oh, come on. Lots of people read Dan Brown.

As for that other creature, I have, of course, an anecdote from the archives:

[This] reminded me of a prank once pulled by the late James S. Moran, described by Steven Phenix as “The Last PR Samurai.” Phenix recalls that “to help a dairy get a cow into print, he dyed it purple,” which is true, but it’s only half the story. H. Allen Smith, a friend of Moran’s, recounted the rest: after the paint job was complete (including metallic paint on the udder), Moran heard that [Gelett] Burgess was in New York. He tracked him to his hotel, led the cow into the lobby, had Burgess paged, and when the poet appeared, Moran simply pointed and yelled: “THERE!”

Okay, it’s not exactly planting a poem in Joyce Kilmer’s yard, but it’s funnier than anything Frank Rich ever imagined.





1 comment

  1. McGehee »

    4 November 2009 · 7:08 am

    Thus sparing Mr. Burgess any further dread of being one.

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