Friday, February 10, 2006

Interview with Bernard-Henri Levy

KUOW's Weekday had a great interview with the French philospher & author Bernard-Henri Levy (BHL). Listen to the MP3 podcast here. I really enjoyed listening to him...

And here's a review in the NYT of BHL's book, by Garrison Keillor (registration required or use cyberpunk/cyberpunk). Oh dear... Garrison doesn't have kind things to say! Here's a brief excerpt form his review:

...but there's nobody here whom you recognize. In more than 300 pages, nobody tells a joke. Nobody does much work. Nobody sits and eats and enjoys their food. You've lived all your life in America, never attended a megachurch or a brothel, don't own guns, are non-Amish, and it dawns on you that this is a book about the French. There's no reason for it to exist in English, except as evidence that travel need not be broadening and one should be wary of books with Tocqueville in the title.

Still, the interview was refreshing - lots of frank thoughts on the current outrage over the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed, the French riots and hurricane Katrina, and the "New" Democrats...

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