Friday, October 15, 2004

“Bush talks and thinks like Milosevic. He will lose, but the most disheartening thing is the prospect of his religio-nationalist reality-deniers clinging fiercely to the sacred glory of their Lost Cause for the next hundred years. We live under the Confederacy. We’re a podunk bunch of swaggering pious hicks.”

–Bruce Sterling, via email to William Gibson
Saturday, October 24, 2004

It never ceases to amaze me, how Josh Marshall can keep this administration’s lies sorted, handily enough to cite and refute them, crisply and authoritatively, day after day. This must amount by now to knowing two entirely different versions of history by heart, the one genuine, the other an endlessly (and indeed artlessly) exfoliating “tissue of sheerest horseshit*”

Here, today, he does it again, skewering the sort of shameless (not to say surreal, grotesque) revisionism that no longer even causes our jaws to drop. Myself, were I to daily and directly subject myself to the full blast of ill-crafted lies issuing from the White House, I would quickly grow punchdrunk and confused. I simply wouldn’t have the stomach for it. Not so Josh Marshall. Long may he wave.

–William Gibson, blogging
They started to change with “The Difference Engine”.