Immigrants have always been the genuine voice of the East End
Adam Karni Cohen reviews Someone to Run With by David Grossman
America, as the sole global superpower, believes in Hobbesian power politics. It can and will fight, and might means right.
The interviews are simply spewing with hate; race hatred, class hatred and misogyny are constantly espoused until the encounters begin to take on a frightening sense of déjà vu.
Ghada Karmi: ‘I was truly displaced, dislocated in both mind and body, straddling two cultures and unable to belong in either.’
The title of Roger Scruton’s latest book is deliberately offensive.
Multiculturalism is all about subverting the power of western civilisation…
‘Multiculturalism’, he says, ‘is the idea that one might be changed by other ideas’. It is a movement based on the dialogic exchange of ideas, even traditions, based on ‘the idea that purity is incestuous’.
Zadie Smith’s critics seem to fall into two stubbornly delineated camps: There are the sycophants, who fall at her feet and praise her to the skies, declaring her to be not only the next Rushdie, Dickens, Amis and McEwan all rolled into one (the sum being greater than its constituent parts); and there are the cynics, who claim that had Zadie Smith not existed she would have been invented by the media anyway.