Congressional Testimony as Literary Genre

What the hell is going on in Washington? (Other than a gang of thugs breaking into Arnold Kling's house.) It's hard to know, exactly. Dig into the primary sources and you find congressional testimonies near impenetrable.

There's a phrase for this, actually: oracular obscurity. Permit literary critic Harold Bloom to describe:

"Oracular obscurity combines the spoken traditions of Homer and Shakespeare with the writing style of postwar French pomposité grandiloquente and just a dash of Latin American magic realism to produce an entirely new phenomenon that has reinvented congressional testimony as a literary genre."

Hat tip to Alan Greenspan for inspiring this phrase.

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