People Magazine has its value. Where else would I find just the blurb I was looking for that informed me that Bill O’Reilly’s book about the assassination of JFK would have been a waste of time reading. According to the magazine O’Reilly could find no hard data of conspiracy. Now the phrase “hard data” can have a range of meanings. I have no idea what precisely he is trying to convey, but it is difficult to get around the essential notion that he is happy to be a “comfort to the family”, as he put it, by giving the impression that Lee Harvey Oswald, the official story’s “lone nut”, is all that the country needed to be concerned with. Continue reading
Robert Caro is a dinosaur, and we should be thankful. So we have it from no lesser than Charles McGrath on the cover of the New York Times Magazine. Caro’s work is brilliant. So we have it from former President William Jefferson Clinton in the cover article of the New York Times Book Review. In appearances all across America’s media, Robert Caro is praised and saluted for his most recent installment, the fourth, of his proposed five volume work on Lyndon Baines Johnson, who, according to Caro and most of the rest of the world, brought us as a nation so much good, though he may not have been.