Feb. 15th, 2010

laurelin_kit: (himym - barney suicide - _jems_)
So my mother goes, what do you think of Christopher Hitchens. And I say I do not like him. I do not like him at all. Okay, here, read this inflammatory op-ed piece in Newsweek that he just wrote. No, I say, because all it will do is make me angry. Please, she says, I usually hate him too.

So I read half of it. Guess what? He's still an asshole.

I can't count the number of times that I have picked up the newspaper at a time of crisis and found whole swaths of the front page given over either to the already known result of some other dull game or to the moral or criminal depredations of some overpaid steroid swallower. Listen: the paper has a whole separate section devoted to people who want to degrade the act of reading by staring enthusiastically at the outcomes of sporting events that occurred the previous day. These avid consumers also have tons of dedicated channels and publications that are lovingly contoured to their special needs. All I ask is that they keep out of the grown-up parts of the paper.

Her idea was that, because I don't like sports, she thought I would agree with him. And she didn't see why I thought that was actually kind of insulting. Because here's the thing. I don't dislike sports. They just - for the most part - don't interest me at all. And I can not care about sports and not want to take it away from the people who do, and avoid calling them morons.

What Hitchens did is reduce a global activity into one unfortunate side effect. He does have a point about that one problem, yes, but that's basically a rest stop on the way to his destination: telling us how much he hates that people like sports.


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