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Thursday, December 15, 2011

What Do Newt Gingrich and Philip K. Dick Have in Common?

Posted by on Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Newt Gingrich has referred to himself as a historian so often that people are starting to repeat it. But more accurately, Gingrich is an alternate historian. In the New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg writes about Gingrich's alt-history novels:

They make up a pair of loose trilogies, one set in the Civil War (the rebels win more battles than they did in real life, but still lose), the other in the Second World War (same deal with Germany and Japan). Unlike their betters, these books forgo playful speculation about how the present might be different. They’re heavy on gory battle scenes and windy pontification. Reviewing one of them, a Washington Post critic wrote, “It is torture from first to last, downright embarrassing in its clumsy prose and lurching plot.”

The essay is also noteworthy because it includes the following sentence, which I love: "As a futurist, Gingrich has imagined “populism in space,” honeymoons on the Moon, and theme parks with real live dinosaurs." Go read it.


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Will in Seattle 1
But if I read it, I might turn into a zombie like him ...
Posted by Will in Seattle on December 15, 2011 at 1:49 PM · Report this
ryanayr 2
Is Newt Gingrich Michael Crichton in disguise?!?!?!??!?!
Posted by ryanayr on December 15, 2011 at 1:56 PM · Report this
Rotten666 3
"theme parks with real live dinosaurs"

What a visionary!

Posted by Rotten666 on December 15, 2011 at 2:04 PM · Report this
Vince 4
That old fuckwad will have a heart attack anytime now. No future for you, you crook.
Posted by Vince on December 15, 2011 at 2:06 PM · Report this
ryanayr 5
Also, in answer to your title: They're both Dicks.
Posted by ryanayr on December 15, 2011 at 2:14 PM · Report this
Cephalodude 6
Only...Philip K. Dick was awesome, a multiple Hugo award winner and is widely regarded as one of the most relevant and important science fiction authors of all time.
Posted by Cephalodude on December 15, 2011 at 2:18 PM · Report this
The moon sucks anyway.
Posted by Jude Fawley on December 15, 2011 at 2:26 PM · Report this
SpecialBrew 8
Gingrich is loathsome but he is a quotes, no winks....
Posted by SpecialBrew on December 15, 2011 at 2:42 PM · Report this
He's also imagined manly piglet-men hunting giraffes.
Posted by Patti on December 15, 2011 at 2:47 PM · Report this
Jenny from the Block 10
Damn, @5 beat me to it.
Posted by Jenny from the Block on December 15, 2011 at 2:51 PM · Report this
Severe mental illness?
Posted by Westside forever on December 15, 2011 at 3:09 PM · Report this
Mr. Pilkington 12
Chronic amphetamine abuse leading to delusion?
Posted by Mr. Pilkington on December 15, 2011 at 3:46 PM · Report this
--MC 13
Somebody go deliver Newt his Oxycontin and Viagra while wearing a gold necklace with a fish pendant quick! (Nobody will get THAT one, --MC.)
Posted by --MC on December 15, 2011 at 4:02 PM · Report this
@5, close, but no cigar, good citizen, you see....

Philip K. Dick's father was Mr. Dick, and Philip naturally enough revered and loved Mr. Dick.

Where as Newtie also loves Mr. Dick, but this love is of a disgusting and perverted nature which we shall not look further into, and of an entirely different order altogether.

Philip loving his dad --- good and proper.

Newtie loving Mr. Dick --- really, really disturbing.....
Posted by sgt_doom on December 15, 2011 at 5:30 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 15
Oh dear... This post stirs a memory (I hate memories. They cause wrinkles)

Wasn't Newt the one who was obsessed about how people would have intercourse in space - the gravity and all?
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on December 15, 2011 at 7:38 PM · Report this
Just Jeff 16
In answer to the question asked: Philip K. Dick had "Dick" as part of his name. Newt Gingrich has "Dick" as part of his personality.
Posted by Just Jeff on December 15, 2011 at 10:05 PM · Report this
OuterCow 17
@7 Fuck you.
Posted by OuterCow on December 16, 2011 at 7:01 AM · Report this
@13- So he'll see the pink laser? (Yes, I get THAT one.)
Posted by captdrastic on December 16, 2011 at 9:03 AM · Report this

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