The Cynic by the Bay By Bill Kauffman - August 25, 2011 3 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 The Feed Store Against Obsolescence The Nightstand Saving String, Kicking Leaves: Donald Hall’s Elegies The Nightstand Max Picard’s Silence Short On the Difficulty of Civic Friendship and Unity in an Angry Time Short Coffins, Books, and Haunted Nations The Nightstand Re-membering the Body: A Review of What It Means to Be Human 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.