October 28, 2006

IN SUMMATION (via Mike Daley):

It's just so doggone enlightening: This collection of losers and nutters manages to touch on almost every folly of our times (MARK STEYN, 10/26/06, MacLeans)

What gives you a better grasp of the realities of Europe today? The front-page reports on the G8 and the U.S.-EU summit? The in-depth profile of Jacques Chirac or Dominique de Villepin? Or the small space-filler about a French police lieutenant promoted to captain despite spending 12 of the last 18 years on "paternity leave," in the course of which he wrote three books about the Beatles.

As a summation of contemporary Europe that could hardly be improved, not least in the way the generosity of Continental "paternity" leave seems to be inversely proportional to their barren societies' actual paternity rate. I found it, under the heading "Sgt. Pepper," in John Robson's new Top Five Book.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 28, 2006 11:54 PM
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