June 25th, 2011

The Captain from the Enemy

What is to be done when someone you loathe tears to ribbons someone who you admire and you know he is completely right about it? I just read this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/19/books/review/book-review-the-secret-knowledge-by-david-mamet.html?_r=1

and lost one more bit of my shrivelled faith in mankind. I hate Hitchens’ guts because I am a pig headed bigot – I don’t think I would like him one little bit more if I bothered to actually listen to him and to what he has to say, but I have this feeling that there is so much more I should put my efforts to, before covering my back on that front. David Mamet I admire because of his narrative power as a playwright, screenwriter and film director. It’s not the politics that upset me – I have been around for long enough to know that my political views are often incompatible with those of people I sympathize with – it’s the brutishness (obstreperousness rings at the back of my mind) of his argumentation, so sharply exposed by Hitchens. It just won’t get into my mind why someone so evidently intelligent and proficient with the ways of language and its traps, should suddenly devolve into numb minded discourse, but there you are. I guess I should read Mamet’s book if I am to lay any claim on the righteousness of my rant, but, as I said above, I’m just a pig headed bigot. I’ll take Hitchens’ word on this one.