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Friday, April 3, 2009

Ann Coulter Out, Nancy Pearcey In

By Rick Pearcey • April 3, 2009, 11:59 AM

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.