November 23, 2004

Do Policy Wonkdom and Good Prose-Writing Mix?

Or, put somewhat differently, what happens when "wonks go wild"?

In his new role as Robert Ludlum manque, [Joseph] Nye joins a long list of policy wonks looking for readers beyond the Beltway and the faculty lounge. Former senators Gary Hart and William (The Poet) Cohen were trailblazers in the Serious-People-Try-Pulp-Fiction genre with their 1985 page-turner, "The Double Man."In this torrid excerpt, Sen. Tom Chandler enjoys a working dinner with his aide, Elaine Dunham, who is actually working for the CIA, but that's not important here:

After dinner, they went dancing at Charlie's Jazz. Elaine felt detached form herself, floating in Tom's arms. The hell with [CIA director] Trevor, she thought. And when Tom pulled her close to him, she knew that for tonight at least, it would be just plain Tom and Elaine. Later, back at her house, they made love. It was fierce, two rivers of energy rushing together, gloriously, powerfully. No words were needed.

Heh. No words indeed.

Oh, and don't miss this heroic effort from Joseph Nye:

Alexa led me to the bed in the middle of the enormous room and pulled me down beside her. I kissed her breasts and ran my hand between her thighs. She gripped my shoulders tightly. Unlike the first time I made love to Alexa, when the ecstasy had been eroded by a sense of anxiety and uncertainty, I was sucked into this moment as quickly and completely as if I had placed my feet in quicksand. Memories from years ago blended with intense physical excitement in a driving, pounding torrent of passion.

Er, maybe better to stick to "soft power" going forward Mr. Nye!

(Hat Tip: High school buddy and ace-litigator Jeffrey Lang).

MORE: Somehow I just knew Dan Drezner would appreciate this...

Posted by Gregory at November 23, 2004 02:54 AM
Comments

Saw that one coming. Still, a good chuckle.

Posted by: praktike at November 23, 2004 04:18 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

have they no shame?

have they no ediitors?

Posted by: reliapundit at November 23, 2004 06:28 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

"have they no shame? have they no ediitors?"

Sure they do. It's judgment and practical experience they lack. Serious thinkers and policymakers don't have time for this BS. No wonder the public doesn't pay attention to these blowhards.

Did a Harvard prof really write this: "when the ecstasy had been eroded by a sense of anxiety and uncertainty"

Clown. His softcore is as hamhanded and asinine as his poli sci writing.

Posted by: lex at November 23, 2004 06:10 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Well, sure, it's crap, but somebody is buying all those Harlequin romances. Maybe you weren't the intended audience.

Posted by: Rick at November 25, 2004 04:53 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

"Memories from years ago blended with intense physical excitement in a driving, pounding torrent of passion."

He's remembering bygones? And has time for all that while sinking? I don't understand this at all.

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