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From a review at The Millions of Public Enemies, “the record of twenty-eight letters Bernard-Henri Levy, the French intellectual, and Michel Houellebecq, the French novelist, exchanged between January and July of 2008″:

Some readers will be stirred by the discovery that BHL considers his “ego” “fireproof, shatterproof,” and that he likes to make love in a state of lucid wakefulness, whereas Houellebecq prefers to be a little out of it—to do it in “the early hours, half asleep.” Others (all, perhaps) will be amused by the sheer Frenchness of BHL’s claim that only writing and love (“and I mean that in the strict sense, in the sense of loving women”) make life worth it: “Why do you write? Because you can’t make love all day. Why do you make love? Because you can’t write all day.”

Okay…. But this is better, in an ads without products sort of way:

[Houellebecq] describes the “Soviet-style displays of enthusiasm by those in charge” of little poetry journals and, more stingingly still, the prose of another writer:

Everything about the man rings false, his every sentence oozes speciousness and affectation. The restrained emotion, the walks across the moors ‘lashed by the bitter wind’ . . . you feel like you’re in a BMW commercial.

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February 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm

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Listen! Your education is complete! The trigger
sense of chemical life, the flicker of your eye
across the pages, resting nowhere but the edge –
these malformations swell and bloom in the dirt
of only just right now. The trucks of you arrive
by the minute, on the minute, according
to the plan of the world and, implicitly, yours.

Take your tear to market and make it pay. The only
ones who win are those who took it seriously.

Look out the window. The stars you see are nowhere
but your ruggedized strips, the strings you pulled
only tight enough to grip within the last few months.

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February 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm

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Let’s hope my book-finishing turns out this way instead of, you know, the other way. I’m not all that hopeful, honestly.

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February 2, 2011 at 12:41 pm

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golfer heroically escapes from… bolivarian socialism

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I’m guessing that there’s not an incredible amount of crossover audience between my blog and The New York Times Sports Section. Maybe I’m wrong. But you might want to take a look at this strange and interesting article from today’s edition about Hugo Chavez and… a PGA tour golfer.

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February 2, 2011 at 11:27 am

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