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And Hitchens Too…

January 16, 2007

Since I already posted something on Martin Amis I figured it worthwhile to toss in an item from Christopher Hitchens as well. Writing in Slate today about The Surge (among other things) Hitchens has a priceless flashback to an exchange he had a few years back in Kosovo:

“During the war in Kosovo, I shared a flagon of slivovitz with an especially triumphalist Kosovar Albanian who exulted at what he was seeing. Decades of being pushed around and ground down by the Serbian supremacists and then, suddenly, “Guess what? We get to f— the Serbs and to do it with Clinton’s dick!” (That twice-repulsive image took up a horrible tenancy in the trashy attic of my mind, where it is still lodged.)”



January 16, 2007


Martin Amis has a new book out (though you surely knew this because it was the cover review in both The Washington Post Book World and The New York Times Book Review – oh yeah, and a little magazine called The New Yorker weighed-in last week.) I am a huge Martin Amis fan, though I am really only familiar with his non-fiction. Even when I disagree with the thrust of his argument I am dazzled by the dexterity of his sentences. He is a consummate stylist. Clearly indebted to Bellow and Nabokov, he is a very capable pupil.

Anyways, this is all by way of bringing to your attention an exchange that happened on The Independent Web site, where Amis was doing a chat with readers last week. Here is one exchange from that event:

Q: The phrase “horrorism“, which you invented to describe 9/11, is unintentionally hilarious. Have you got any more?

A: Yes, I have. Here’s a good one (though I can hardly claim it as my own): the phrase is “fuck off”.

Quote of the Day

December 7, 2006

George Will on last week’s leaked Donald Rumsfeld Memo:

“It is beyond dispiriting that after 45 months of war an American official can think that this semi-genocidal conflict over the survival of groups divided about the meaning of God’s will can now be dampened by clever economics.”

Quote of the Day

October 4, 2006

Isolationism is the great fear after Iraq. Alas, Iraq has discredited a great idea: the duty of involvement.”

Bernard -Henri Levy in The Times of London.

Slippery Shimon

September 29, 2006

During a trip to London, Vice Premier Shimon Peres offered these thoughts about the feasibility of further Israel withdrawals from the West Bank:

“The government cannot evacuate more settlements in Judea and Samaria…“There is natural growth of settlements. The government does not fund this, it is privately financed. We cannot stop the children [of settlers from] building homes for themselves.”

But when pressed by a reporter about whether he was condoning the expansion of settlements in the West Bank Peres insisted that there was no such thing occurring.

Pardon my admitted ignorance, but this comment strikes me as disingenuous at best. One year ago Israel boldly implemented a policy of removing all settlers from Gaza. This policy included – yes Shimon – not only stopping “the children” from building homes for themselves but pulling them out of the homes they had already built. It was a necessary act of rational policy-making. So would further withdrawals from the West Bank.

Quote of the Day

September 18, 2006

“Whoever offends our Prophet Muhammad should be killed on the spot by the nearest Muslim.”

— Sheik Abubakar Hassan Malin, a radical cleric preaching to worshipers in Mogadishu on Friday. The cleric was speaking in response to Pope Benedict’s controversial comments about Islam earlier in the week.

Quote of the Day

September 6, 2006

“Today, students have the right to strongly criticize their president for the continued presence of liberal and secular professors in the country’s universities…Our educational system has been affected by 150 years of secular thought and has raised thousands of people who hold Ph.D.’s. Changing this system is not easy and we have to do it together.”

— Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, announcing his intention to purge Iranian universities of secularist and liberal professors.