MP George Galloway and Christopher Hitchens had a debate last week moderated by the indefatigable Amy Goodman (this is some lady)...it was called things like the "grapple in the Apple" (debate was in NYC) or simply "Galloway v. Hitchens" and they both wiped the floor with each other...who did it better or worse depends on personal opinion...but here are some highlights..
And by highlights I mean the down and dirty..for the more polite fare you'll have to listen to the rest of the show..
Galloway: "What you are... What you have witnessed since, is something unique in natural history. The first ever metamorphosis from a butterfly back into a slug...the one thing a slug does leave behind it, is a trail of slime....with your Goebbelian leaflets, full of selective quotation, half-truth, mis-truth, and downright untruth, and the comments you made in your last two minutes of this speech.... People like Mr. Hitchens are ready to fight to the last drop of other people's blood, and it's utterly contemptible, utterly and completely contemptible ..but you're not ashamed of yourself at all. It's true, I praised you. You were a butterfly. You're now a slug. You did write like an angel, but you're now working for the Devil, and damn you and all your works....You know, Hitchens, you're a court jester. You're a court jester...Not a, not at Camelot, like other ridiculous other former liberals before you, but at the court of the Bourbon Bushes."
Hitchens: "There are probably some people among you here who fancy yourself as having leftist revolutionary credentials, as far as I can tell that you do from the zoo-noises that you make... And the scars that you can demonstrate from your long, underground, twilight struggle against Dick Cheney. But while you're masturbating in that manner..." .From Seixonscathing review of Zadie's new book..I haven't read anything by her yet..I don't want to judge either way..but the review is a refreshing hammering of a novel that has so far been very boringly praised in exactly the same way by everybody..."oh, homage to Howard's End"..blah blah..I still want to read one if not all her novels...But reviews like this remind you that writing is not easy.
An interesting article on gender/feminism/pop-culture..called " What We Owe Xena"..since a new planet is even going to be named after the hero..and if you have Showtime there is no way you didn't watch Xena at least once...they played the show non-stop for much of 2004..Read it, you'll learn a little more than just about Xena.