The Cynic by the Bay By Bill Kauffman - August 25, 2011 3 Reading Time: < 1 Facebook Twitter Email Print From today’s Wall Street Journal, my review of the Library of America’s Ambrose Bierce omnibus: RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Philosophers & Saints Awakening to Virtue: Confessions of a Well-Read, Unlucky Good Girl The Nightstand From the Village Square to the Global Village—and Back? The Stump The Death of a Justice and the Hope of Magnanimous Statesmanship Short Book Exhibit, Bison, and Homeschooling Politics & Power Anti-Prophets of Doom: A Review of Michael Shellenberger’s Apocalypse Never The Nightstand Learning to Live a Second Life in Two Stories by John Berger and Wendell Berry 3 COMMENTS The various boosters of Conventional Wisdom call Bierce a dark and gloomy man because they are impervious to the Black Hilarity of their dingbat thinking. I find Bierce to be sprightly as a puppy but then, I have a bad attitude. Having moved Le Cave de la Obstrepereppi a while ago , it seems I might have damned well lost my tattered copy of the Devil’s Dictionary in the tumult and am less cheerful as a result. Anyone reading his mordant definitions will be treated to the truth of the prevailing hypocrisy which infests the thinking of the Old School American Jingo Booster like a bad case of chiggers. Good for you Mr. Kauffman I read that review last night–and thoroughly enjoyed it. When I got to the end, I thought, William Kauffman. Bill Kauffman. Where do I know that name? Oh well, it’s late, I’m probably kidding myself. Nope. Oops. Cynicism might be tough for others to live with. Bierce’s wife was unfaithful and one of his sons drank himself to death. Comments are closed.