August 23rd, 2007

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Please Don't Impress Us With The Cliff Notes Version

My thanks to fianaclare for pointing me to this quote on another list. Here is a link to the NY Times Article that includes the quote.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/20/washington/20watch.html?_r=1&em&ex=1187755200&en=0127de39d28a027b&ei=5087%0A&oref=slogin

“Let’s face it, I mean, I’m a myth,” Mr. Rove told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” when asked about his critics. “You know, I’m Beowulf, you know, I’m Grendel. I don’t know who I am. But they’re after me.”

Obviously, Mr. Rove is not referring to the actual Old English classic, but to the upcomming theatric release the "Beowulf, The Movie," http://www.beowulfmovie.com/, which features a very interesting take on the story by casting Angelina Jolie as Beowulf's Mom (in which case the friggin' Danes would have been begging to get dragged back to her lair and eaten). No doubt this movie will explore the the duality of nature between Beowulf and Grendel, the melding of the mythic warrior and the mythic monster, which explains why Karl Rove thinks the answer to everything is to stomp in to someone's mead hall, eat them alive, and -- if you don't like them -- rip their arm off.

He is also mistaken in that "they" (the Danes) are not pursuing him, but are pursuing his Mom, Angelina Jolie.

Alternatively, Mr. Rove should please stop trying to impress us with his extensive knowledge of great literature when he really read the back of the Cliff Notes during the commercial break.