Friday, January 1, 2010

Grumpy Old Man

FLG caught yesterday's Charlie Rose today. Gore Vidal was on the program. Rose basically begged him to name one thing he likes about America (near the 20 minute mark), presumably so he didn't come off as an anti-American-know-it-all-fuckhead, and he didn't. Instead, he talked about how he liked it when American was less powerful.

On a somewhat related note, not too long ago FLG also saw an interview with Noam Chomsky on the BBC. What strikes FLG most is how miserable these two men sound. They were always smug and self-righteous, and Vidal especially could resort to ad hominem at the drop of a hat, but they just seem so bitter. Bitter in a way he doesn't think they were several decades ago. His guess is that they are nearing the end of their lives and their views were never more than fringe. Sure, they'll say, especially Vidal, that this was because people are stupid or duped or both, but it must sting when your readily apparent brilliance and lucid articulation of your personal conception of justice are ignored at best and outright rejected at worst.

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