Start of headline on Maureen Dowd's  column in the New York Times today: "Are We Rome?"

Cover of my friend Cullen Murphy's* excellent 2007 book:


Column, in mock-Latin, is very funny, in a way that is cumulative rather than easily illustrated in a brief clip. Book is very funny -- and erudite and informative and provocative and surprising. Like the column? Buy the book. Hell, buy it even if you didn't like the column. (I mean, "Infernus**, buy it even...."). It's written in English, after all.
* Cullen was for 20 years the Atlantic's managing editor.
** This is probably in the wrong Latin case, but I don't care!

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