Monday, November 14, 2005

The dreaded ninth

Reason has a good piece on the French riots. After taking some amusing pot shots at the more breathless commentary of the blogerati, Tim Cavanaugh argues that the Clockwork Orange predicted all of this. Parts of it are a real stretch, but it makes for an interesting read. Reason is a libertarian magazine so it is always looking for a chance to show the failures of the state, and this article is no exception.

I for one could never finish the Clockwork Orange, as the language, with its made up words, Russian-derived words and other bits was really just too much. Cavanaugh says that the book was actually an attempt to show that a readable Finnegans Wake was a possibility. I hate to say it, but I am just happy with the movie. It is one of Kubrick's better ones, methinks.

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