Sunday, April 02, 2006

Dumber, But More Opinionated

Ever since reading Portnoy's Complaint, when I was twenty or so, I became a Philip Roth fan. So it was with great expectations we watched The Human Stain on DVD yesterday. It wasn't a great movie but it certainly was a good one.

Though I bought the book a couple years back, I never got to read it. Debora did and she tells me the book has additional layers and subplots that make it even more enjoyable.

Near the end of the movie, Ernestine (sister of the main character) says:
People are just getting dumber, but more opinionated.
A quick search (isn't Amazon's Search Inside feature great?) revealed this phrase is not in the book. I guess we owe the line to Nicholas Meyer who's credited for the screenplay. "Dumb and opinionated" is a lethal combination.