Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pettifoggery

A funny-looking word (ears aflap?) appearing in Laura Miller's so far excellent (thank you for writing a book for readers to read, as opposed to simply writing a book to write a book--it moves at a thoroughly delicious pace) book The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia. The author has been discussing racism and derivative stereotypes.

The section of Into the Wardrobe [: C.S. Lewis and the Narnia Chronicles, a scholarly book] that presents these evasive and absurdly technical vindications is entitled "Are the Chronicles Politically Incorrect?" rather than "Are the Chronicles Racist? implying that such questions amount to no more than left-wing pettifoggery.

The Magician's Book (which also has beautiful cover art) also uses the term Hebrew Bible instead of Old Testament.

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