It shouldn't be a surprise to any of his devoted readers, but Daniel Handler -- a.k.a. Lemony Snicket -- is a leftist. I realized it when he had Sunny say "Busheney" and translated it as, "You're an evil man with no concern whatsoever for other people". If there were still any doubt, reader Daniel Day points me to an article about "Bay Area artists" which says of Mr. Handler:

Best known by his pen name, Lemony Snicket, the San Franciscan has been active in politics and says the next few years could "make for some really interesting work."

"It's almost like the last four years have been a warm-up for this," he said. "Some artists have gone political in their work -- and it doesn't necessarily make for the best work. There were a lot of books that were hastily conceived. I don't think 'Checkpoint' is the best novel ever written by Nicholson Baker. But we'll see a polishing of that -- so that the artistic content will rise to match the political content. That's not always the case, of course. I just read 'Harbor,' by Lorraine Adams, and it was a really fascinating take on a terrorist cell.

"But can I just add: It's not worth it. No amount of great art or books is worth him being re-elected. I felt the troubles of the world breathing down my neck when I woke up Wednesday morning, but I put my head down and wrote.".

As I wrote before, being brilliant in one area does not necessarily correlate with being brilliant in others.

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