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So Far Away

Carole King with James Taylor and Charles Larkey, her bass player and husband (and eventually her ex-husband). From what I read, he was kind of an asshole — but he’s a really good bass player:

The Backlash

Got an advance copy of my friend Will Bunch’s new book last night and just love it! It’s about wingnuts and Tea Partiers, and how they were infuriated by Obama’s election.

Now, my own bosses at Crooks and Liars wrote a similar book, and so did Max Blumenthal. Both of those books were great, but have significantly different slants than this one.

The difference, I think, is the same strength Will brings to his work as a reporter. He’s got the rare reporter’s knack of interviewing wacky folks without condescending to them — he really wants to understand them. And the book is written as a sort of detective story: Where would you begin to learn about the Tea Party and what drives them? He takes all those random moments we’ve caught on the teevee or online, and weaves them into a fascinating narrative about where they came from and what it means.

It’s not out yet, but you can pre-order it on Amazon if you’re interested.

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