Monday, August 10, 2009
There must be a word for the complete opposite of a mensch. Well, that is what the New York Times are -- the complete opposite of mensches. Ben Stein is smart, funny, conservative but unpredictable and, on top of all this, appreciates Idaho as well. He is in fact a textbook mensch. He seems to be a frequent visitor to Sandpoint, in Idaho's beautiful northern lake country, where I want to spend more time (I usually get only as far north as Payette Lake). It's hard to get more un-mensch like than throwing a writer over the side on trumped up grounds when your real beef is you don't like his politics, as Stein very plausibly suggests was just done to him.