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A Roosevelt Democrat, a disciple of Keynes, an aide to JFK and his ambassador to India, a prescient and outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War, Galbraith also knows how to write mordantly and talk pithily.
Roger's life has turned out to be a great disappointment, an empty charade: despite his vivid pornographic visions, he mordantly describes sex as "the grand surprise nature has cooked up for us;' greatly anticipated but relatively unremarkable when experienced; he asserts that "there isn't another such treat life can offer, unless you count contract bridge and death" (118).
The city's oft-repeated promise, they observed mordantly, "seems to have fallen into the river.
Gene, who died recently after a long wrestle with cancer, was a great old-school character, and it was typical of him that he wrote his own obituary and that it was mordantly funny.
Time described Powell's limbs as "superhuman and mordantly adept, as if animated by a baleful intelligence of their own.
Mordantly funny, cameos by Man Bites Dog director Benoit Poelvoorde and Kaurismaki himself clearly underline the film's reference points, but it wouldn't be too far wide of the mark to pitch this alongside The League of Gentlemen either.
In fact, just because young, goodhearted Isaac cuts a naive, indecisive figure in his Jaffa social set does not mean he cannot function as a mordantly distorted version of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Zionist.
Through a mordantly witty prose style full of quoteable lines, Lipsyte presents a world which blindly pursues money and status but where happiness is found in the hinterland taboos such as sadomaschism and incest.
Post-mortem, Belanger's 1999 debut, was a smart, mordantly funny movie about the relationship between a lonely mortuary attendant and a single mom who supports her daughter by committing violent crimes.
That Steffen is fully appreciative of Dove's historical mastery is evident, too, in her reading of the brilliant and mordantly comic 'The Sailor in Africa', a poem that 'breaks new ground as a postcolonial rehearsal of colonialism' (p.
60), or when he takes at face value Montesquieu's mordantly satirical statement legitimizing West Indian slavery as a means of keeping down the cost of sugar (p.