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Texas for cretins

Don't mock Texans if you know nothing about them. DBC Pierre's Booker winner is shallow and safe

By Michael Lind   December 2003

Book: Vernon God Little Author: DBC Pierre Price: (Faber, £10.99)

If ever a country deserved to be satirised, it is the contemporary United States. The largest state in the union has just elected as governor an Austrian bodybuilder and movie star. The newly appointed deputy under-secretary of defence for intelligence, William G Boykin, has shown church audiences photos of what he claims are “demonic presences” over Muslim cities. The president of the country, the talentless son of a former president, has killed perhaps as many as 10,000 Iraqi civilians in a war to eliminate weapons of mass destruction which probably…

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