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December 04, 2005

The Observer on The Book.

Rafael Behr gives a very nice review of THE BOOK in The Observer today. I just knew that reminding him that when he was working in Moscow we used to deliver his daily newspaper would help.

Worstall is an expat businessman based in Portugal. He is also a prolific blogger with a libertarian bent who is on a self-appointed mission to eviscerate every newspaper article that he judges guilty of economic illiteracy.

How true.

In fact, the polemic brand of British blogging is a small segment of the whole. It is also a style that has been imported from the US, where there is much more animosity between new and old media (the former deride the latter as toothless lackeys of corporate greed); and between liberal and conservative bloggers (the latter excoriate the former as unpatriotic handmaidens of terror).

Vitriol on UK blogs is exchanged mostly in left-wing trench warfare over Iraq. More common and much more entertaining are the tens of thousands of journals in which ordinary folk document their lives with self-deprecating, deadpan irony. It is a tone that one day will be globally recognised as the house style of the British blogosphere. 'Dear My Colonoscopy,' starts an open letter on the blog, Chocolate Covered Bananas. 'Things you don't want to hear as you slip into sedation: "Is this the clean camera"?'

Very much so. I rather like that actually, deadpan irony as the house style.

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"Economic illiteracy"? Blimey what is that may I ask you?? :) Give me my dose of Milton Friedman.

Posted by: Paul | Dec 4, 2005 12:40:29 PM

Tell me where ur book is in Ealing's Waterstones???!! I actually spent 10 minutes looking for it and couldn't find it. Of course I didn't ask anyone as it was far too busy.

Maybe it sold out!??!

Posted by: the-man-in-black | Dec 5, 2005 10:15:48 AM

I had to get my book ordered in up here in North Wales. 10 days it took.

Posted by: Sam | Dec 5, 2005 12:30:29 PM

Sam - was it worth it though?

tim - I couldn't get near the front desk at waterstones - it was mobbed I tell ye!

Posted by: the-man-in-black | Dec 5, 2005 1:51:03 PM

I'm still reading it...I'm 2 magazines behind on my Autocar subscription, I still haven't bought this month's Top Gear and I've not touched a newspaper for weeks. I can't find the time to squeeze anything in.

Posted by: Sam | Dec 6, 2005 10:53:59 AM