Ernest Hemingway -- genius writer or macho cliche? Or both? Stephen Colbert's latest installment of The Colbert Book Club, lovingly and admittedly stolen from Oprah, lets you choose. The host puts on a safari jacket, holds a gun and swigs from a wineskin while pretending to have read A Farewell to Arms.
And in his role as literary critic and book club leader, he extolls the virtues of Hemingway's pared-down prose, unequaled by anyone except the Incredible Hulk. As he reminds us: " 'Hulk smash.' Classic Hemingway."
Take a look at these segments from The Colbert Report. The two introductory segments are pricelessly funny, whether you adore Hemingway or think he's a blight on civilization. (Personally, I think A Farewell to Arms and The Sun Also Rises are always worth revisiting. They're not The Great Gatsby, but you can't have everything.)
As always, Colbert is better than anyone at truly loving, on-target satire.