Tuesday, July 8, 2008

On treason

The other day I argued that Anthony Lane's negative movie reviews are not attacks but counterpunches, righteously indignant responses to films that are themselves offensive.

Some counterpunches reply to offenses with considerably more at stake. Here's a keynote address E.L. Doctorow delivered to a joint meeting of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

Measured though his words are, Doctorow takes devastating aim at the Bush administration's assault on knowledge, an ongoing attack of gravest consequence to Americans (and others) of every political stripe.


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Mick Jammer said...

Whatever - I only came here 'cuz I googled "New Kids On The Block"...