Surfing on by Auster's blog for my daily visit, I came across these three interesting posts about an appalling black-male-on-white-female murder case - the sort of story where Auster excels, if only because nobody else will touch it.
But in that third post, things took a couple of bizarre twists:
First, there was this: Auster wrote: "Now, we know that according to Roissy and other Gamers, many women are naturally attracted to dangerous, violent men."
[Like we had to wait for "Roissy and other Gamers" to discover this sad truth? Has Auster never attended a performance of Don Giovanni or A Streetcar Named Desire? - ed.]
Auster continued: "The implication is that women who are attracted to such hyper masculine, 'alpha' males are more vital, more truly female, than women who are not...'"
[Wha-huh? Speaking as (for the time being) a professional logician, I'm simply at a loss, here. What can Auster possibly be thinking? This conclusion isn't even remotely in the ballpark of an "implication" of the given premise - ed.]
But, well, hey, whatever. It's no skin off my nose. The "gamers" can look after themselves.
So I kept reading, until I found that Auster, who picks and chooses his comments, had posted the following, by a certain Ingemar P.:
"I think the proper traditionalist response to anyone who shows even a hint of sympathy to Game is to shun them and treat them as lepers, so to speak. Who cares what the Baron Bodisseys or the Steve Burtons or the Roissys or the Ferdinand Bardamus think. The difference between a Barrera and a Roissy is of degree, not of kind."
I mean, what the...???