And the #1 Asshat for 2008 is. . .

| December 31, 2008

No contest here.  It is one thing to say something so idiotic that it tears a hole in the fabric of the universe, or to be so oblivious to your own failings that you apparently inhabit your own Bizzaro World where the most logical form of defense is to pound on your own skull with […]

2008 Asshat Countdown #2: In her own words – not!

| December 30, 2008

The name Cassie Edwards first graced this blog on January 7, 2008 shortly after she was outed as a serial plagiarist by the Smart Bitches, and for several months afterward she provided a source of unintentional hilarity both on this blog and across the whole blogosphere.  Here is an NY Times best-selling author who apparently […]

Stupidity Backflow Redux

| December 29, 2008

Dear Author again graces us with examples of the paleolithic thinking of the old media. The upshot is, the NY Times thinks used bookstores are the reason publishing is in a crisis right now. Yeah, right. This is the true sign of a crisis, when the old guard suddenly tries desperately to find something, anything, […]

2008 Asshat Countdown #3: Osama’s book reviewer

| December 29, 2008

A running theme amoung the asshats I honor on my blog is the repeated attempts to stifle the speech of people the asshat doesn’t agree with.  Few have gone to such hysterical lengths to shut someone up as our favorite paranoid islamophobic Islamic Studies professor, Denise Spellberg.  First gracing this blog last August, Professor Spellberg […]

2008 Asshat Countdown #4: Authors behaving badly

| December 28, 2008

One prevalent characteristic of the most entertaining asshats is the tendency to have pathologically extreme reactions to perceived slights that end up being more destructive to the asshat in question than their intended target.  Not just foot in mouth, but foot, leg, and torso in an ever-diminishing spiral that vanishes into an alternate universe of […]

2008 Asshat Countdown #5: Blogging is harmful to Belgians

| December 27, 2008

It takes a special kind of asshat to fly from Europe to Manhattan on your employer’s dime, to attend a phantom meeting, and spend the trip getting plastered.  Special indeed, if you get caught at it by a bartender who blogs about it, and it’s the blogger who gets fired (with your help).  But it […]

Supidity Backflow

| December 26, 2008

From Dear Author we have something that just amazes me in shear economic WTFry. We all know at the wonderful, and oh so successful, way that major content providers (MPAA, RIAA, Viacom etc.) have tried to impose 19th century “this is my widget” mentality to IP law in the digital age. The stupidity these major […]

2008 Asshat Countdown #6: No Nobel for you!

| December 26, 2008

Sometimes, all you need to be an asshat is a profound arrogance combined with the self-important conviction that you know better than anyone else.  Better still to piss on a whole country of authors while declaring the supremacy of your own local literati.  Best of all is to spout off while being on the committee […]

2008 Asshat Countdown #7: Child Porn Fail

| December 25, 2008

Child porn is a very serious issue that gets very serious people to make very serious asshats of themselves.  In the #7 slot for 2008 I have to grant a tie for two very different flavors of stupidity over the very same issue.  In one spot we have New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo who […]

Merry Christmas (woof)

| December 25, 2008