On flattery

Mr. Joshi might note that most of the reportage in TDR‘s “The Week in Review” concerns Dartmouth and local goings-on.

It’s hard work to cover a small community intelligently. On the other hand, taking pot-shots at those with which one has political disagrements is pretty easy (oh, those silly, murderous Israelies!).

Mel Brooks remarked that “Tragedy is if I get a paper cut on my finger. Comedy is if you fall in an open sewer and die.” In that sense, Mr. Joshi, your columns are uproarious.