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News Wed May 02 2012

Peek At Presidential Biography

Vanity Fair has published an excerpt of David Maraniss' upcoming biography, Barack Obama: The Story. Focusing on his early years, the book includes a 1982 letter to an old girlfriend analyzing poetry (Clinton chose Leaves of Grass; Obama feels a kinship with T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land). A few of his thoughts: "Facing what he perceives as a choice between ecstatic chaos and lifeless mechanistic order, he accedes to maintaining a separation of asexual purity and brutal sexual reality. And he wears a stoical face before this. ...Remember how I said there's a certain kind of conservatism which I respect more than bourgeois liberalism - Eliot is of this type." Read more here.

 
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