Monday, August 14, 2006

Stranger things

CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - President George W. Bush faced major security challenges on three fronts on Sunday as he prepared to return to Washington after a 10-day working vacation at his ranch. ...

Bush puts down his summer reading--including Albert Camus' "The Stranger," and two books on Civil War President Abraham Lincoln--in favor of presidential briefing books.

Whatever the reasons, Camus' story line is ripe for geopolitical literary misinterpretation. The main character, Meursault, spends much of his life as the young George Bush did, engaging in escapades that demonstrate little drive or motivation. On a visit to the beach with friends, he gets into a fight with some Arabs. Later, he finds one of the Arabs and without much further provocation shoots him repeatedly. During the circus-trial that follows, and the long hours Meursault spends in jail, he is remorseless and unable to engage in contemplation. On the day of his execution, he has a flickering thought that he might have lived another life. But mostly he's excited about the day and hopes that everyone will cheer for his death. --Slate


Peter said...

Bible Belt Conservatism + French Existentialism = ?

I don't think I want to know.

punkinsmom said...

C'mon, do we really believe that he even opened the book!? He's one of those guys who gets the books that make him look intellectual and dozes off reading the Clif's Notes.

Doug Hoffman said...

I'm with punkinsmom on this. But I can picture dub saying, "Heard it was about a guy who shoots an Arab."