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  •  Is a writer reducible to the works he writes? (2+ / 0-)
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    greatdarkspot, Frank Cocozzelli

    None of your choises are mutually exclusive so there is no need for 'or'.

    It is quite possible that Markos, the title of his book, and the premise upon which his book is written are the issue at hand.

    But you didn't include another criticism which has been evident above and that I think is just as important: the role of the liberal community to analyse itself and provide internal critcism.

    My personal comments agreed with the diarist that the title (which is also the premise)of the book he recently wrote were not in accord with the substance of the body of work that Markos has fought for here and other places for the liberal cause.

    My own personal contribution was that Markos for the most part represents the liberal cause well but I have noticed that Markos has strayed from the more altruistic components of the liberal cause from time to time on this site.

    For example I recall one time where Markos thought it was a great idea to post photos of a Republican candidate that walked across the street to a frat party, where he drank a beer, smiled for photos and listened to music with some college kids.

    So it is not completely out of left field that Markos has written a book like the American Taliban, which by the way has a ridiculous title.

    I can't say much about the premise because I haven't read it, but I wouldn't waste my time reading a book with such obvious partisan appeal.

    The diarist has more respect for Markos than I have because he actually read the book and has taken the time to articulate what is painfully obvious for most everyone else.

    I personally am willing to overlook certain negative elements about people if I think that they are good people over-all.  And that is the case with Markos. I think he is a big talent.

    So no it's not about Markos himself.

    My idea is that the thread is about the stupid title to his book, the premise, and the fact that nobody called him on it before he published it.

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