September 13, 2005


George Galloway Is Gruesome, Not Gorgeous: Now, watch me debate him. (Christopher Hitchens, Sept. 12, 2005, Slate)

My old friend and frequent critic Geoffrey Wheatcroft once tried to define a moment of perfect contentment and came up with the idea of opening a vintage wine while settling down to read an undiscovered work by P.G. Wodehouse. Another comrade identified bliss with writing or reading very hard in the afternoon, knowing that someone really, really nice was coming to dinner. I, too, have a taste for the simpler pleasures. Can I convey the deep sense of delight that stole over me when I learned that George Galloway and Jane Fonda were to go on an "anti-war" tour together and that the idea of this perfect partnership had come from Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues?

The pure silliness and risibility of the thing would have been quite beyond one's power of invention.

With every passing day it becomes clearer that the modern Left exists only for amusement purposes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 13, 2005 6:51 AM

And you said only conservatives have a sense of humor.

Posted by: Genecis at September 13, 2005 11:31 AM

Fonda isn't laughing.

Posted by: oj at September 13, 2005 11:38 AM

I hope they use the bus that runs on canola oil, with a touch of balsamic for fragrance, in support of Kyyyoooto.

Posted by: Genecis at September 13, 2005 11:45 AM

After reading the article I think you're probably right abour where humor resides. One of his best.

Posted by: Genecis at September 13, 2005 11:49 AM

The man can write -- anyone planning to tuning in the debate?

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at September 13, 2005 4:29 PM

What channel is it going to be on?

Posted by: Governor Breck at September 13, 2005 5:29 PM

The link to the live audio is at Mr. Hitchens' web site.

I just have to figure out how to remember.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at September 13, 2005 10:36 PM

Jeff Guinn:

Thanks for pointing that out...I'm busy for most of today but please, oh please, let him archive that debate on his website.

If that doesn't work, anybody who knows where I can listen to a recording of this debate please email me:

Posted by: Matt Murphy at September 14, 2005 2:18 AM