October 31, 2006

Andrew Sullivan's Book Receives Rave Reviews, Pouring In Daily
— Ace

One little catch: the reviews are by Andrew Sullivan himself.

Pretty hysterical.

I was scanning over his screechblog the other day, and I did notice an inordinate number of superlatives lavished upon his book, by no less a literary light than Andrew Sullivan himself.

Taranto collected up a bunch of his biggest self-raves.


"This is a book about ideas, not political prescriptions. . . . It's an attempt to start the long road back to conservative intellectual clarity. . . . If you still care about those first principles, and why they are more relevant today than ever, . . . buy the book."--Andrew Sullivan

"If the book can prompt the usually level-headed David Brooks to contradict himself in order to criticize it and has sent Hugh Hewitt into conniptions, it might just be on to something about what has gone wrong with American conservativsm [sic]."--Andrew Sullivan

"They're angry. They wouldn't be if they didn't know this book exposes them in ways few yet have."--Andrew Sullivan

"These people are truly rattled by this book. I believe it's a depth charge into the degerenacy [sic] of the current conservative movement."--Andrew Sullivan
"Why are so many contemporary 'conservatives' lying about the contents of this book? The only reason I can come up with is that they are deadly afraid of its arguments. . . . Which is why you should read the book."--Andrew Sullivan

Give him props, though: At least he's willing to express his excessive self-regard under his own name. No "Wilson" or "Rick Ellensberg" here.

He's too infatuated with himself to see that maybe it's a problem.

Thanks to Larwyn.

Posted by: Ace at 11:07 AM | Comments (19)
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1 He is just showing the "Greatest Love of All." I am expecting a YouTube video on the Daily Dish shortly.

Posted by: The Greatest Love of All at October 31, 2006 11:13 AM (+GRGs)

2 OMG... How arrogant can someone get? How freaking blind and caught up in themselves?

There must be some kind of secret contest between Kerry and Sullivan. If so, they both brought their "A" games.

Posted by: Dogstar at October 31, 2006 11:15 AM (dpudc)

3 A blogging pastor, Mark D. Roberts, is doing a great series on Sullivan and what he calls "retrofitted Christianity."  He's not doing it to slam Sullivan, but to show the dangers of making Christianity out to be whatever you decide it is.

Posted by: Slublog at October 31, 2006 11:26 AM (R8+nJ)

4 Too bad he can't flip himself over and put his own penis in his mouth. Sounds like he really wants to...

Posted by: Purple Avenger at October 31, 2006 11:26 AM (AuPsg)

5 And many liberals also praised MICHEAL BELLSISLES book ARMING AMERICA in which he claimed that guns were not a real factor in early america he even received the BANCROFT PRIZE and some money until someone exposed his lies and fruad he was forced to return both the bancroft prize and the money as well and he was forced to resign from emory university. We all know how liberal always praise the liberal gobbidygook look how they praised HILLAY CLINTONS book IT TAKES A VILLAGE and BILL CLINTONS book MY LIFE as well as AL GORES junk science inspired EARTH IN THE BALANCE and his eco-junk science film A INCONVENENT TRUTH

Posted by: spurwing plover at October 31, 2006 11:27 AM (EPfmS)

6 Plover,

You heretic!

Burn him at the stake!

Then plant a tree to balance out the CO2!

Posted by: eman at October 31, 2006 11:30 AM (FWrFx)

7 I don't suppoty Andrew Sullivan at all... but why should he not promote his own book? Instapundit went on and on about his recent book for weeks...

Posted by: steve at October 31, 2006 11:32 AM (m1tVR)

Posted by: lauraw at October 31, 2006 11:38 AM (reK3S)

9 Andrew who?

Posted by: The Black Republican at October 31, 2006 11:41 AM (Edy/C)

10 steve,

Of course one should publicize his own book.

Yes, Instapundit did.

But there's a difference between mentioning it -- saying, as Instapundit frequently did, "This is similar to a point I make in An Army of Davids"  -- and lavishing superlative after superlative on your book.

Yes, if you don't believe in your product, you'll have a hard time selling it.

But most people are a little more circumspect about cringey Public Displays of Affection for themselves.

Posted by: ace at October 31, 2006 11:49 AM (4qddO)

11 ...if you don't believe in your product, you'll have a hard time selling it.

This sound suspiciously like the democrat's "plan".

Posted by: Purple Avenger at October 31, 2006 12:03 PM (AuPsg)

12 Slu,

Mark Roberts is my pastor. I don't think he'd be too keen on being associated with the AOS Lifestyle...

Great guy and great writer as well.

Posted by: XBradTC at October 31, 2006 12:04 PM (G8sXt)

13 XBrad - He seems like a good guy.

After I posted that, I wondered what he would think of the hits coming from this site.  It's an excellent series so far, though.  Deserves to be read.

Posted by: Slublog at October 31, 2006 12:11 PM (R8+nJ)

14 Andy is in love with himself. If he had a few more inches, he wouldn't be gay. He would be what I call a "Unitary Executive".

Posted by: Tushar D at October 31, 2006 12:47 PM (h76y6)

15 Is "degerenacy" where you don't have to take Geritol when you grow older? Or what? I'm confused.

Posted by: Jerry K. at October 31, 2006 06:02 PM (Pf9XZ)

16 Betcha Sullivan watches himself in the mirror while he's jerking off.

Can't believe I just wrote that.

Posted by: Ed Snate at October 31, 2006 07:33 PM (yfxaE)

17 Maybe with the proceeds from the tens of sales of this book, he can buy hisself a spellchecker.

Posted by: Claire at October 31, 2006 10:36 PM (l1oyw)

18 At least he's willing to express his excessive self-regard under his own name. No "Wilson" or "Rick Ellensberg" here.

Well, that's assuming that "Andrew Sullivan" hasn't been one of Gleen Greenwad's sockpuppets all along.  Or vice-versa.  It's hard to tell these days.

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