Today’s edition of the Very Short List features Gregory Levey’s memoir Shut Up, Iâ€™m Talking: And Other Diplomacy Lessons I Learned in the Israeli Government.
Levey is a former speechwriter for the Israeli Mission to the United Nations. Writes VSL:
Levey got his speechwriting gig while applying for an internship. He was soon caught up in increasingly improbable scenarios: from firearms training with Radioheadâ€™s tour manager to working Seinfeld references into Prime Minister Ariel Sharonâ€™s speeches.
Secretly run the world? If only. Once you read about the time Levey voted on a U.N. resolution without really knowing what it was, youâ€™ll wonder how the Israelis manage to get anything done.