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Topic - Stephen L. Carter
James Madison once observed that mankind is inclined to disagreement, and even "the most fanciful and frivolous distinctions have been sufficient to kindle their unfriendly passions."
It is customary to avoid speaking ill of the newly deceased, so perhaps the less admirable elements of the life and career of the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd are better left to be examined at a later date. The West Virginia Democrat died yesterday at age 92. Set aside, for now, his background as a leader of the Ku Klux Klan, his outrageous pork-barreling and his general liberal-blowhard tendencies. Instead, Americans today can respect Mr. Byrd's devotion to Senate traditions, even when they ran contrary to his own political desires.
Stephen L. Carter's day job remains that of the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale. He can also write popular fiction. It's just not fiction that's popular with me. Sorry, but there it is.
As I suggested by quoting the book's first sentence, he often becomes melodramatic, or pretentious when he's going for profound, humorless when funny would help and funny when it doesn't, and fond of the occasional odd name or word: e.g., he describes a character as being "dubitante," which I had to go beyond my pocket-sized French-to-English dictionary to learn probably means "doubtful."
In that capacity, he wrote seven books of nonfiction, but as he showed — especially with the first two ("The Emperor of Ocean Park" and "New England White") — he can also write popular fiction.