28
Aug
09

Hail To The Chief(‘s Biographer)

Millard Fillmore poses for the dust jacket of Millard!

Millard Fillmore poses for the dust jacket of "Millard!"

In today’s Dispatch at the Atlantic, we find Los Angelino writer, humorist and Cub fan (the last is redundant to the second) Ben Schwartz plotting on the sidelines of the red-hot marketplace for Presidential biography.  As it turns out, the genre has all the formalism of the sitcom, but with fewer laughs and a mistier eye toward history than those of the crybabies at the McCain concession speech.

Fans of the sports blog Can’t Stop The Bleeding will no doubt recognize Mr. Schwartz by his amusing bon mots, his  NY Times-sports editor-agitating probes into cheap leaks over alleged steroid usage, his poor taste in baseball teams and his ritual abuse of yours truly in those very pale blue pages.   Yet, hold none of this against him, for he lives in Los Angeles.   Think about it.  You’d lash out too.

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