From Randy Thomas:
I quit reading the latest book by Ann Coulter. By the time I got to the second instance of her calling a group of people a name that rhymes with "wussies" I closed the book and never went back to it again.
I didn't get angry. I didn't even really think about it beyond the roll of my eyes and exasperated sigh. The world is too coarse and has been for a long time. I closed the book, put it down and literally didn't think about it again ... for weeks. It's like a subconscious switch said, "alright that's enough ... move on."
So I have. When Ann gets to the point and makes a true argument I will listen or read her column. I doubt I will buy another book.
All that said, I would still go to lunch with her if given the opportunity.
A friend gave me a book by Nancy Pearcey called Total Truth. She is an authentic Christian intellectual. Of course I don't think I even rate as a pseudo intellectual so ... take my estimation with a grain of salt. All I know is I have loved her work with Charles Colson and I was mesmerized by her intellect at a presentation I attended where she was speaking about this very book.
A couple of observations. First, full disclosure. Ann Coulter came onboard at Human Events while I was managing editor. I enjoyed working with her. I agree she is sometimes over the top, but I'd much rather have her in play than others who lack conviction, courage, or both.
Secondly, Nancy and I appreciate that many people have found How Now? to be of help. Please let the record show, however, that the book is actually tri-authored (not simply coauthored) by Nancy Pearcey, novelist Harold Fickett (the long story chapters), and Charles W. Colson.
By the way, both Nancy and I have book projects in the works. Hers is under consideration by a publisher. Mine is being written.