Friday, June 13, 2008

Cashing in on the Flood

So I'm reading this Times article about the flood in Cedar Rapids and came across this paragraph toward the end, which, surprisingly, went by without comment from the writer. I know it's not a laughing matter, but someone might want to tell this guy that he probably could have made more than ten bucks.

Demenick Ankum drove to his house on 19th Avenue to save anything he could. By the time he finished packing, his car was underwater. He had to pay a neighbor, Louie Brundidge, $10 to rescue him from the house in Mr. Brundidge’s red aluminum boat.

1 comment:

They say it's a cold world said...

My take on that was that the writer, given that the New York Times is strictly opposed to any sort of editorializing inside news stories, went about as far as he could to call Mr. Brundidge an a**hole, making quite certain to identify him fully by name. There is something about the way he is inserted twice into the sentence that really makes Louie's grotesque crime against humanity leap off the page, and I tend to believe this has to be the author's intention. At any rate you and I are not the only bloggers to pick up on it--a quick Google reveals that Brundidge has rightly been excoriated on quite a handful of blogs and message boards.