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  •  Whenever I visited my aunt, she'd have the latest (8+ / 0-)

    Crichton. They're easy to pick up, and hard to put down. There was no sweetness in late Crichton, but vigorous story. I just figured he always enjoyed being contrarian - once he did that takedown of environmentalists, I decided he was just playing trickster.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 07:50:11 PM PDT

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    •  No trickster, unfortunately. (8+ / 0-)

      Disclosure is about how men are the real victims of sexual harassment and political correctness.  If you think the media needs to stay out of public safety and advocacy, then Airframe is for you.  Icky racial politics run through his work from the very beginning (A Case of Need) through the climactic embarrassment of Rising Sun.  And of course, the book you mentioned, State of Fear, would look like mega-trolling if it weren't so closely in line with his views.  Eh, well.

      Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

      by pico on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 08:09:26 PM PDT

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      •  You don't see contrarian gameplaying in there? (7+ / 0-)

        He said, in a later introduction to Disclosure, that he had to write it that way, because he never could've gotten away with a male sexual harasser. I got the sense that he really enjoys pissing off people who are politically correct, and that he adopts positions which give him the best angle to swim against conventional opinion.

        You do draw a pattern of right-wing ickiness which, since I took him for a contrarian, never occurred to me. He was very smart, and capable of very flexible thinking. I'd like to read some more about him, to get a sense of what currents animated him.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 09:44:28 PM PDT

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