UPDATED: Chavez bumps 'dead' Chomsky to No. 1

According to Andrew Buncombe, after Venezuelan Prez Hugo Chavez mentioned his book at the UN:


Professor Chomsky's 2003 work, Hegemony and Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance... soared [in sales]. On Amazon.com's best-seller list, it leapt from 160,722nd position overnight to seventh.
Update: It's now number 1.

Later on, according to the NY Times, Chavez "expressed one regret: not having met that icon of the American left."

Chomsky, of course, is alive and cranky and buried beneath tens of thousands of emails.

Here's my favorite line (you know Times writer Marc Santora ran to tell friends about this one...):
At 77, Mr. Chomsky has joined the exclusive club of luminaries, like the actor Abe Vigoda and Mark Twain, who were reported dead before their time, only to contradict the reports by continuing to breathe.

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