The Cynic by the Bay By Bill Kauffman - August 25, 2011 3 FacebookTwitterEmailPrint From today’s Wall Street Journal, my review of the Library of America’s Ambrose Bierce omnibus: RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Barbershop The Life of Tiger: A Midwesterner’s View Short Fiction, Insects, and Baseball The Stump Pawns On the Board, on Both Sides of the Pacific The Wittenberg Door College: A Place for Training Exiles The Nightstand The Banalities of “the Birth of Modern Agriculture”: A Review of Neil Dahlstrom’s Tractor Wars Short The End of the World, Pawpaws, and Local Journalism 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.