THE WEEK THAT WAS (23-27/07/2012)
This week: After Aurora, I demanded the United States recognise that guns do kill people; I reviewed Martin Amis’ new novel, arguing that it did not live up to its grandiose subtitle; I commented on the persecution of Huma Abedin and the Tea Party’s evident ethnic bias; and, I argued that Mitt Romney is distorting Barack Obama’s record on Israel, just as Bill Clinton did to George H.W. Bush in 1992.
Writers and articles featured this week included Tim Adams’ profile of Nigel Farage in The Observer, Paul Golberger in Vanity Fair on the dispute over the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington D.C., Jamie Kirchick’s denunciation of Scientology for Tablet, and David Wallace-Wells’ extensive interview with Martin Amis for New York. And, out of The Paris Review, Gore Vidal on the pleasures of writing.
And finally, for your viewing pleasure, James Taylor dueting with Oscar the Grouch on “Your Smiling Face” up on the roof.
Let the Games begin!