Dear God, the last thing that I need to read in the morning is Maureen Dowd referencing Lovecraft:
The influential horror writer H. P. Lovecraft knew better than to be too literal in his description of monsters.
In the short story “The Outsider,” Lovecraft’s narrator offers a description that matches how some alarmed Democrats view Tea Partiers: “I cannot even hint what it was like, for it was a compound of all that is unclean, uncanny, unwelcome, abnormal and detestable. It was the ghoulish shade of decay, antiquity and desolation; the putrid, dripping eidolon of unwholesome revelation; the awful baring of that which the merciful earth should always hide. God knows it was not of this world.”
Aside from everything else, that’s a faintly silly choice of Lovecraft stories to reference. To quote Ken Hite… quoting HPL:
To my mind this tale–written a decade ago–is too glibly mechanical in its climactic effect, & almost comic in the bombastic pomposity of the language. As I re-read it, I can hardly understand how I could have let myself be tangled up in such baroque & windy rhetoric as recently as ten years ago. It represents my literal though unconscious imitation of Poe at its very height.
Which must be why MoDo was taken with it so. Try “The Color Out Of Space” next time, ma’am. If you must decry your enemies as being the Cosmic Other, you can get much better imagery from that one.
Via Hot Air Headlines.
PS: The article itself? Ehh, it’s whiny garbage. Hush, now, my gorge is still rising. Although that may be the last of the strategic bacon reserves for breakfast.