Mar 8, 2014
Satire: ‘I Smoked Pot With David Brooks’
Posted on Jan 3, 2014
If you’ve read David Brooks’ column about weed, in which The New York Times scribe presents himself as a once-cool kid who got wise and found more fulfilling and morally sound pleasures in the conservative movement, then you know it’s begging to be made fun of.
And so someone has done us the favor.
First, it’s important for background to understand that Brooks presents his high school marijuana credentials as proof that he has insight into the bacchanalia now threatening Denver, where voters recently ended pot prohibition.
“We gave it up,” Brooks writes of his high school self and friends, “because one member of our clique became a full-on stoner. He may have been the smartest of us, but something sad happened to him as he sunk deeper into pothead life.” The columnist also says that “most of us developed higher pleasures.”
And that’s where the satire, written by Gary Greenberg, takes off:
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer
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