Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Hewitt's Personality Disorder Explained

Well one of the puzzles of Hugh Hewitt’s strange personality was solved yesterday. I enjoyed his “what books you re-read” post yesterday, wrote up a little thing about it, and fired off a notice to Hugh yesterday morning. A little disappointed he didn’t link it, but no big deal.

But then, listening to his show yesterday, when speaking of his thread on the topic he claimed that Michael Medved had mentioned Herman Wouk’s Winds of War, and War and Remembrance. This was followed by a little banter about James Clavell’s Shogun, and Tai-pain, and how Hugh could never figure out what order to read them in. And then a little plug for Leon Uris’ Trinity.

Well, Hugh, there was someone who mentioned all of those books in that specific order yesterday. And maybe we all blend into “Medved” for you, but...

Excerpt from my post yesterday:

Other historical fiction that has truly captured me that way includes Herman Wouk’s Winds of War and War and Remembrance, and James Clavell’s Shogun, and Tai-Pan (Gai-Jin wasn’t as good, but still better than most other historical fiction out there). And I might as well toss in an honorable mention to Leon Uris for Trinity. All of those are very worth reading and re-reading. In fact, just thinking about it makes me want to go dig around in my storage room to see if I can find my Wouk or Clavell books.

I think this begins to solve the riddle of Hugh coming out of nowhere with bizarre claims about people he insists are true. Think Lileks and the Hummels, or “Peeps” the Elder. It seems Mr. Hewitt can retain those sorts of details quite well, but he simply can’t keep straight who they pertain to. Perhaps it is Michael Medved who collects Hummels, and James Lileks who stays kosher. Maybe the Elder served as a Generalissimo for some banana republic in the 80’s, while Hugh's sidekick Duane is the one with the fondness for marshmallow Easter candy in amusing shapes.

Listening to Hugh yesterday, I got the feeling he was about to start talking about how Dennis Prager was a big Kurt Vonnegut fan who had just discovered that Charles Williams was back in print (those were also in my post yesterday).

It could have been worse. Since I mentioned East of Eden, he might have confused me with Oprah.

UPDATE: Well, well. The circumstantial evidence begins to mount. I'm still not sure about Lileks being kosher, but the notion that the Elder was once the Generalissimo of a banana republic is starting to look overwhelming.

Fact #1: After a bad experience when an underling (in this case a waiter), failed to bring him a preferred beverage the way he liked it, where did he instinctively turn for a remedy? Cafe Havanna!

Fact #2: When the Northern Alliance needed a leader to raise funds to battle their opposition, who automatically stepped in as the Supreme Leader of the effort (to which you can donate right here, incidentally)? That's right, the Elder.

So we now know that the Elder has a fondness for obsequious Latin American underlings, and that he naturally assumes authority over others. Now we need to discover "Generalissimo" Duane's feelings about amusingly-shaped, seasonal-themed marshmallow candy, and the circle will be complete.


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