Beast of Burden
I've always found David Frum super-cool. In my late 20s I made a concerted effort to model myself on him, but I didn't have the money, job or self-belief. His National Review diary was required reading every morning over a coffee and a croissant. I also fancied his wife. (Mrs. Frum is tremendous.) He had the best job in the world, hanging out in his office at the American Enterprise Institute hacking out books and columns, in between trips to Fox News studios and dashing off speeches for his boss, the President. At one time, possibly of all time, writing Bush speeches was the best job in the world. He would say almost anything you could throw at him. AXIS OF EVIL! Fantastic. Jaw-dropping speech. I committed the whole thing to memory almost immediately. He also wrote a seminal text with Richard Perle called An End To Evil that I read cover-to-cover twice, and still peruse and refer to for inspiration and out of nostalgia. I think if I could be anyone in the world, I would like to be David Frum. He has the whole package.