The funniest paragraph I’ve read in a long time.

13 01 2010

I just finished Raj Patel’s The Value of Nothing, a fantastic work of economic sociology that I highly recommend for its masterly multi-disciplinary analysis of our global economic predicament. It also has the virtue of being extremely funny every once in a while. This is the first paragraph of Chapter Ten:

There are two novels that can transform a bookish fourteen-year-old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish daydream that can lead to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood in which large parts of the day are spent inventing ways to make real life more like a fantasy novel. The other is a book about orcs.

The only thing missing is that neither Rand nor Tolkien was a particularly good writer.


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