Saturday, March 21, 2009

A sort of wind tunnel effect...

Some light relief fresh from the Wide World of Decency: the picaresque adventures of Bernard Henri Levy:

It was a pure BHL production, one-third fiction, one-third self-promotion, one-third reality. BHL chartered his own jet to get to Georgia. He headquartered at a five-star hotel in the capital, and stayed all of two and half days before flying to Nice. He taxied to Gori, which had been occupied by the Russians, and made his way past checkpoints to the center of town. He reported devastation. “Gori does not belong to the Ossetia which the Russians claim they have come to ‘liberate.’ It is a Georgian town. And they have burned it down, pillaged it, reduced it to a ghost town.” But this was not true. A careful study of BHL’s trip concludes he never reached the town; and witnesses agree that Gori was attacked, but hardly burned down.

With gusto the critics took BHL’s reporting apart. An English newspaper commented, “The Americans have sent blankets and the Estonians doctors, but it is the French, surely, who have come to the rescue of South Ossetia’s people, with their offer to send nouveau philosophe Bernard-Henri Lévy.” The paper noted that BHL was staying at the Tbilisi Marriott with a personal photographer, publicist, and bodyguard. The entourage is easy to spot, reported a guest. “They are all loafing around in the foyer puffing clouds of smoke, and gesticulating meaningfully. BHL is in his element going around in a crumpled white shirt, hair coiffed into a sort of wind tunnel effect, and reeking of perfume.”


Plenty more where that came from, though the author assures all good lefties that they must nonetheless take him seriously. I disagree. Someone should give the bouffant blowhard his own television series. I was thinking of reality TV, though somehow that doesn’t seem quite right.

6 Comments:

Blogger ejh said...

There's a certain amount of caricature in there, don't you think? The loafing, the gesticulating, the smoking and so on. I was expecting somebody to cycle into the room wearing a beret and a string of onions.

3/22/2009 04:09:00 AM  
Blogger FlyingRodent said...

There's a certain amount of caricature in there, don't you think?

Maybes aye and maybes naw, as Dalglish might say. That said, it's a bit of a stick on for BHL, since every time I try to think what he looks like I keep seeing David Ginola in that old Head & Shoulders advert instead.

Word verification - "Blogfu". Mine is unstoppable.

3/23/2009 10:02:00 AM  
OpenID splinteredsunrise said...

Because he's worth it.

Verification code "hydruf", which at least sounds vaguely like a hair product.

3/23/2009 03:06:00 PM  
Anonymous little keithy said...

His book on 20th century French intellectuals did at least have some revealing interviews despite the silly argument about grand narratives (anyone believing in one was either soft on Hitler or Stalin). And a story where BHL was at a book signing stuck next to an Action Francaise heavy. They went for a strained coffee afterwards.
Channel Four had rights to the French TV series about the book but insisted on showing it at 3am so as not to infect the native Brits with foriegn ideas.

Verificaton "eptsm", better then inept.

3/23/2009 03:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone should give the bouffant blowhard his own television series. I was thinking of reality TV, though somehow that doesn’t seem quite right.

I dunno - a French Big Brother would probably have BHL, Rachida Dati, the latest gamine female star of French cinema, Johnny Halliday and a rapper of Algerian descent. First task: summarising Proust.

[redpesto]

3/23/2009 05:44:00 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

Is it possible to caricature BHL more than he does himself? I recall the entire story slithering out just afterwards, anyway, and the detail was the same.

3/23/2009 09:01:00 PM  

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