Now, sometimes, you do have executives willing to say, “Look, we can’t do things constitutionally because I have a lot of power here.” There’s the amazing moment when Dick Cheney said—and I cite this in the book—on a television program, in response to questions about torture in the Bush administration and Guantanamo, instead of saying, “You’re over-estimating executive power,” says, “You guys are not thinking clearly. What we did is nothing compared to the power the president has. Day and night, he’s being followed around with a nuclear briefcase. Don’t deceive yourself. His power is far beyond what you imagine.”
We seldom have people talking so candidly, and when they do, we think, “Oh that’s just a bizarre stylistic feature of Dick Cheney.” That’s not a bizarre feature; that’s a candid statement of fact.
“The intent is to be as funny as possible as much as possible.”—Harold Ramis, who died this week at the age of 69, on making Caddyshack. Read an excerpt from Ellin Stein’s history of the National Lampoon, That’s Not Funny That’s Sick to see how Ramis made Caddyshack.
National Book Award winner Richard Powers reads a selection from the beginning of Orfeo, his eleventh novel and now a New York Times bestseller.
"Of novelists in Powers’s generation with whom he is often compared—Franzen, Vollmann, Wallace—none equals Powers’s combination of consistent production, intellectual range, formal ingenuity, and emotional effect.” —Tom LeClair, Christian Science Monitor