29 April 2015

The narrative of the Charlie Hebdo murders

The prissy self-absorption of the six PEN boycotters is well represented by Francine Prose in the Guardian:

"When I learned that PEN had decided to award the Freedom of Expression Courage Award to Charlie Hebdo, I was dismayed. I had agreed to serve as a literary table host and I wondered what I would do when the crowd around me rose to its feet to applaud an award being given – in my name – to what I felt was an inappropriate recipient."

Count the Is in that opening paragraph. This is all about defining oneself as a person of impeccable liberal opinions. [Mick Hartley] Read more