As one of Lee Siegel’s greatest fans, I was truly dismayed to see that The New Republic has suspended a writer of unusual vigor. I truly cannot understand how Franklin Foer could silence the man who coined the term “blogofascist.” I ask myself: is it not enough that Siegel has created an invisible cat? Is it not enough that he, and only he, was able to discern the true genius of Eyes Wide Shut? Who could possibly make still the voice of the man who Uma Thurman was unable to seduce?
And then I realize: it’s those young, madly ambitious blogofascists.
Specifically, it’s that awful suck-up, Ezra Klein.
Kline thinks he has ignited in Siegel a “white-hot rage.” Oh, no, Ezra. Lee Siegel’s rage is beyond anything you can imagine. How do I know? As I said, I am a huge fan of Siegel’s oeuvre, and I know him better than anyone I can think of. Ezra, how many neologisms have you coined, hmmm?
You’re a wincingly pretentious writer, Ezra. And if you knew how much I knew about things, you’d crap your pants.