For as Professor Barczewski says, 'the notion of reducing historical figures to simplistic, reductionist descriptions such as "bungler
" are simply not useful in encompassing the complexities of personality or of history.'
Despite apparently convincing evidence otherwise, not everyone at Capital of Culture is a half-witted bungler
"Put simply, President Bush is regarded as anathema to Canadians, an untrustworthy bungler
who has wreaked havoc and mischief on the world stage," says EKOS president Frank Graves.
I always thought I was a painstaking editor, but George makes me look like a bungler
. I won't say we discussed every comma and semicolon, but we talked about many of them.
Every American should read his Burr, which explores the messy beginnings and uneasy foundations of the "old republic," minus the hagiographic glorification of "founding fathers." For instance, Vidal's Jefferson is a brilliant but duplicitous empire-builder willing to undermine the Bill of Rights whenever it suits his purposes; and Vidal's Washington is a hopeless military bungler
, who would have lost the Revolution but for the aid of the French, yet was a politician of surprising genius.
Perhaps Cohen's toughest case to make might be that Churchill was a superb war leader rather than a bungler
. If a cult of Churchill arose during and immediately after World War II, he has been relentlessly disparaged since then, at least by a number of professional historians, as Christopher Hitchens most recently recounted in a lengthy essay in The Atlantic Monthly.
Let me recommend Horace, who combined passion with a practical love for the snafu, who accepted the bungler
, the perfectionist, the one who must have a pear-shaped glass with a narrow top for aromatic liquors, the two-faced, the evasive, the worried.
These are the stakes in The Bungler
, Moliere's long-forgotten early comedy unveiled in Richard Wilbur's sparkling new verse translation at New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre in September.
premiere as the Long Wharf Theater season opener, in a new verse translation by Richard Wilbur entitled "The Bungler
." A commedia del'arte farce rather than a social satire, the play has some splendidly antic elements, but Doug Hughes' production is altogether too self-conscious.
In a world where there was real justice that would be a suitable punishment for a bungler
But when the bungler
staged a knife-point mugging soon after leaving a local police station his chances of success were slimmer than his build.
Despite his successes leading carrier forces that won WWII battles against the odds at Coral Sea, Midway, and the Eastern Solomons, by 1950, Vice Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher was portrayed as a bungler
who failed to relieve Wake Island in December 1941 and who abandoned the Marines at Guadalcanal.
Federico and Scouser marketing coordinator Scott escaped eviction along with Jon.
Bookmaker William Hill puts Jon at 1-6 to be the first contestant voted off the show, with task bungler
Federico his nearest rival, way behind at 10-1.
"--Andres (Horace), The Bungler
(L'Etourdi) (1655), Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere, translation by Richard Wilbur