September 09, 2002

Gitlin Gits Gore: Writing i...

Gitlin Gits Gore: Writing in, ahem, the Toronto Globe and Mail, lefty left-baiter Todd Gitlin has unkind things to say about a slew of post-Sept. 11 massacre books, including one by Gore Vidal:

Consider the sad case of Gore Vidal, once "a great wit," in the words of Norman Mailer (who proceeded to skewer him), now a witless crank. Reposing self-dramatizingly in Ravello, Italy, he maunders from snippet to snippet, this latest volume of his musings being skimpy and redundant at once -- quite an achievement. Collecting one's Vanity Fair pieces as if they would stand up in book covers is an act of, well, vanity. But the portrait of Gore Vidal in the mirror is not a pretty sight.

Toward the likes of Timothy McVeigh and Osama bin Laden, who would define their mass murders as retaliations against the United States of America and its incidental citizens, Vidal burns with sympathy. Not for him so banal an act as moral condemnation, or investigation of what sort of person it is who commits mass murder out of political grievance. Rather, he thinks it is tough-minded to indulge his preoccupation with "the various preoccupations on our side that drove them to such terrible acts." Note: "drove them." These killers were presumably helpless heaps of machinery. All you need to know about them is "the unremitting violence of the United States against the rest of the world."

Via Eric Alterman.

Posted by at September 9, 2002 01:46 PM
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Read the article, loved it.

But Dude, what's with the "(ahem)"? Is this some National Post-ism?

Glad to see your stuff up here.

Posted by: Adam in Montreal at September 9, 2002 04:30 PM

The "ahem" was a very arcane way of alluding to the fact that last night I mistakenly accused the Toronto Globe and Mail of running the articles that Bruce Rolston found so infuriating over the weekend. I've got not one drop of anti-Globism in my blood, I can assure you.

And thanks for the nice words!

Posted by: Matt Welch at September 9, 2002 04:55 PM

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he sad case of Gore Vidal, once "a great wit," in the words of Norman Mailer (who proceeded to skewer him), now a witless crank. Reposing self-dramatizingly in Ravello, Italy, he maunders from snippet to snippet, this latest volume of his musings being skimpy and redundant at once -- quite an achievement. Collecting one's Vanity Fair pieces as if they would stand up in book covers is an act of, well, vanity. But the portrait of Gore Vidal in the mirror is not a pretty sight.

Toward the likes of Timothy McVeigh and Osama bin Laden, who would define their mass murders as retaliations against the United States of America and its incidental citizens, Vidal burns with sympathy. Not for him so banal an act as moral condemnation, or investigation of what sort of person it is who commits mass murder out of political grievance. Rather, he thinks it is tough-minded to indulge his preoccupation with "the various preoccupations on our side that drove them to such terrible acts." Note: "drove them." These killers were presumably helpless heaps of machinery. All you need to know about them is "the unremitting violence of the United States against the rest of the world." Via Eric Alterman.

Posted by at September 9, 2002 01:46 PM
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Read the article, loved it.

But Dude, what's with the "(ahem)"? Is this some National Post-ism?

Glad to see your stuff up here.

Posted by: Adam in Montreal at September 9, 2002 04:30 PM

The "ahem" was a very arcane way of alluding to the fact that last night I mistakenly accused the Toronto Globe and Mail of running the articles that Bruce Rolston found so infuriating over the weekend. I've got not one drop of anti-Globism in my blood, I can assure you.

And thanks for the nice words!

Posted by: Matt Welch at September 9, 2002 04:55 PM

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