Joseph Ellis was asked by the New York Times for his advice to Dick Cheney about the writing of Cheney’s memiors! Yeah, right–because Ellis, the Walter Mitty of early American historians, is such an expert in creative autobiography? I guess they would have asked Norman “Advertisements for Myself” Mailer, but he’s dead. (Oh, yeah–and he was an actual veteran, not a fabulist who bragged about his exploits to generations of undergraduate women.)
I’m just wondering what level of a$$hattery you have to engage in to get the New York Times to stop calling if you’re a middle-aged white man and the author of a few big books about the “Founding Fathers,” “Founding Brothers,” or the “Dogs of the Founding Brothers,” etc. It’s too bad that honest scholars peddling more than “Founding Fathers” hero worship still get shoved aside in favor of that guy.