Al Qaeda Could Not Be Bothered
novel irrelevant mea culpas
This from a man who makes a living from publishing? Who says five pages in the Times magazine were very important to his career, who will ensure he gets publicity, even though it became clear to me when I sat down with James Atlas that his article was not about anything. His pretentious babble is most certainly not about anything, other than self-aggrandizement. He clearly had not read either book he is supposed to be judging and lacks the appropriate critical apparatus to do so. His own work is not of the same stature as either of these works, so he issues pronouncements about joining al Qaeda. Al Qaeda could not be bothered supplying him with explosives for a suicide mission, seeing him for the poseur he is. To quote him again, in another context, It’s all sadly reactionary and, frankly, a little pathetic.
(The quoted passages that are not from Peck’s judging are all from Robert Birnbaum’s interview with him, published in The Morning News in December 2003.)