Thursday, August 23, 2007

Cohen v Hari

Forget Burchill and Parsons, Bette and Joan, Tupac 'n' Biggie, the big feud de nos jours is Cohen and Hari.
It all kicked off about a month ago when (have I got the patience for this, it goes on and on? Yes, get on with it, damnit) one-time Neo Con mascot now repentant peacenik Hari penned a scathing and lengthy review of Cohen's book What's Left for Dissent. Cohen retaliated in fine style in the same place a while later, accusing Hari of making things up. Enter David T of Harry's Place (to which Hari used to contribute) who quoted Cohen and added a few pointed comments himself about serious commentators and career death. Hari reached for m'learned friends and David T was forced to remove the offending post but as a disgusted Cohen pointed out, you can't censor the Net and full accounts have seeped out here here and here not to mention here with added commentary here here and here oh and here too, as well as a gossipy hackwatch peice in The Eye, which has covered Hari in the past.
There are few things Dolphinarium likes more than a damn decent handbags-at-dawn feud and this one looks set to be a classic. Its already dangerously fashionable, with Norman Geras, Oliver Kamm, the Drink Soaked Trots, Francis Sedgemore and (phew!) the fat man on a keyboard in Hull weighing in on Cohen and David T's side. And Splintered Sunrise and Aaro-Watch piling in for Hari.
What with all this bable of noise in the blogosphere, its impossible for Dolphinarium to come to any considered judgement on who's right or wrong in this particular case. So I've outsourced the task to Voltaire's Priest at Shiraz Socialist. Veep will, I hope, tell me what to think.


Anonymous Neprimerimye said...

Blah, blah, blah. And all you can do is spin the latest obscurantist nonsense emanating from the Vatican. Sooner you godbothers learn to think for yourselves the snooner you'll all become good atheists.

8/23/2007 5:25 PM  
Blogger voltaires said...

I shall try to come up with a considered opinion for you, gentle lady! (LOL fucking hell, I'll have to for a fellow lefty who's actually willing to say I talk some sense!)

8/24/2007 11:38 AM  
Blogger Red Maria said...

Cheers, Veep, I'm looking forward to it.
The Hari-Cohen dispute is a new variation on that old theme: what did you do in the war, daddy?
And the reaction of people like Splintered Sunrise - welcoming Hari back into the fold - a variation on an even older one: Far more rejoicing in heaven at the one sinner who repenteth ...

8/24/2007 5:01 PM  

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