Mamet, Schmamet—What Hitchens Said

22 Jun

I don’t get David Mamet and for years have nursed an animus toward my fellow Chicago expatriate. Mostly for the (imagined?) crime of
inauthenticity. Now I can regard the author of Why I Am No Longer a ‘Brain-Dead Liberal with substantial and justified disdain. He is the author of THE SECRET KNOWLEDGE On the Dismantling of American Culture (Sentinel) and brays out more of his recent conversion or rehabilitation or whatever you want to call his current apostasy.

Since I don’t see my work as being to review (such) books and no doubt Christopher Hitchens falls short of no man or woman in that pursuit, here’s the Hitch’s take:

This is an extraordinarily irritating book, written by one of those people who smugly believe that, having lost their faith, they must ipso facto have found their reason.

Propagandistic writing of this kind can be even more boring than it is irritating. For example, Mamet writes in “The Secret Knowledge” that “the Israelis would like to live in peace within their borders; the Arabs would like to kill them all.” Whatever one’s opinion of that conflict may be, this (twice-made) claim of his abolishes any need to analyze or even discuss it. It has a long way to go before it can even be called simplistic. By now, perhaps, you will not be surprised to know that Mamet regards global warming as a false alarm, and demands to be told “by what magical process” bumper stickers can “save whales, and free Tibet.” This again is not uncharacteristic of his pointlessly aggressive style: who on earth maintains that they can? If I were as prone to sloganizing as Mamet, I’d keep clear of bumper-sticker comparisons altogether.

If you can stomach it, here’s a Fox TV felation:

Yes indeed, what Hitch said.

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