Monday, January 14, 2008

Words to live by from Nick Cohen

"Everyone is only as good as the next bit of work they’re going to do," he says. "Our business is one where people do some good work, and then they feed and live off that for the rest of their careers."

It's the marketing man with the same name, of course it is.

Look inside yourself, exhorts Cohen. For, you’ll then disturbingly realise it’s a young person’s business! Therefore, what you did a few years ago is irrelevant to what’s going on now, Cohen dins in. "If you really are good and you want to prove yourself, you have to do something that’s vital now. Maybe if people shelved their egos and had a bit more humility . . ."

sorry to waste your time, really. Meanwhile, the noted drama critic and cunt, AA Gill, interviews David Hare, who is writing a play about the Decent Left, called "The Vertical Hour". The vertical hour being what they used to call "Happy Hour"? Nick C has often in the past bemoaned those awful PC playwrights and their terrible plays about issues of the day which don't agree with him and his mates - I wonder if he'll review "The Vertical Hour".


Blogger ejh said...

Shakespeare, Hare says, puts everything on stage. If there's a battle, you see it.

Since Gill apparently knows why Macbeth was written you'd think he might know that there's a battle offstage: the Sargeant gives a match report in Act One Scene Two.

1/15/2008 04:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, Mr Hare, tell me about The Vertical Hour. “It’s a play about a liberal intellectual who supports the war.” You mean like Nick Cohen or Christopher Hitchens? “Actually, I was thinking more of Michael Ignatieff.” Really, the long navel-gazer who, even for a Canadian, has had a conspicuous humour bypass? Why would you care what he thinks?

navelgazers with sense of humour bypasses... remind me again of Nick Cohen's attitude toward Chris Morris and the topic of all his recent comments - 'i am always right'...

1/15/2008 09:16:00 PM  
Blogger Chardonnay Chap said...

I've never liked AA Gill's columns (the very few that I've read, that is), but that's a superb interview. Not as confrontational as Nick Cohen's efforts and shedding far more light.

1/16/2008 07:11:00 PM  

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