Oh Please: “Kennedy’s presidency…mediocrity whose death left his final grade as “incomplete.”
You know it’s articles like this one that would have Jack turning over in his grave. That is if he was in his grave. Apparently he is not dead according to this jerk: I already know.
THE cult of John F. Kennedy has the resilience of a horror-movie villain. No matter how many times the myths of Camelot are seemingly interred by history, they always come shambling back to life — in another television special, another Vanity Fair cover story, another hardcover hagiography.By: Ross Douthat
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It’s fitting, then, that the latest exhumation comes courtesy of Stephen King himself. King serves a dual role in our popular culture: He’s at once the master of horror and the bard of the baby boom, writing his way through the twilit borderlands where the experiences of the post-World War II generation are stalked by nightmares and shadowed by metaphysical dread.
In this landscape, the death of J.F.K. looms up like the Overlook Hotel. The gauzy fantasy of the Kennedy White House endures precisely because the reality of the assassination still feels like a primal catastrophe — an irruption of inexplicable evil as horrifying as any supernatural bogeyman.
At its best, King’s new Kennedy assassination novel, “11/22/63” — which sends its protagonist back in time to change that November day’s events — offers an implicit critique of this generational obsession. (I am not giving much away when I reveal that the time-traveling hero does not succeed in freeing ’60s America from the cruel snares of history.)
11/22/63 new novel by Stephan King at Amazon
If you squint real hard you just might think that Stephan King has stumbled into the rebirth zone! That’s my take on his new novel. In fact I am going to post a link to it. It might be worth a read and I don’t read his novels.
- Why John F. Kennedy’s Legacy Endures (nytimes.com)
- Joseph A. Palermo: Ross Douthat’s Hit Job on JFK (huffingtonpost.com)
- Op-Ed Columnist: The Enduring Cult of Kennedy (nytimes.com)
Posted on November 29, 2011, in Book Trough, Famous Fridays, Government Trough, Rebirth: Ramblings, randoms and tagged hit piece on jfk, John F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy assassination, kennedy, New York Times, Ross Douthat, Stephen King, vanity fair, White house. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.