Alexander Solzhenitsyn Is Dead

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  1. Patrick says:

    Why I hate National Public Radio, part many in a series of many, many more:

    Asshat Steve Inskeep: "Would it be fair to say that Solzhenitsyn was in some ways as dictatorial as the regime he criticized?"

    Asshat Anne Garrels: "Yes."

    Not "yes, if one means that he punished those who disagreed with him with scorn, rather than a term of forced labor in a concentration camp or execution." Of course, to some segments of the target NPR demographic, one is, rhetorically speaking, as bad as the other. Also, much railing about his irrelevance, strong opinions, and his being out of touch with the world of the past twenty years, in place of discussion of what he meant.

    The New York Times obituary, up today, is by contrast excellent, not shirking from discussion of his flaws but placing them in their proper context.

  2. Ken says:

    That's a great tribute, Patrick, thanks.

  3. Patrick says:

    Now the Times has a story up about how Solzhenitsyn draws intense respect on his passage, but not much love. Schizophrenia in journalism. The authors of the obituary linked above understand him. Whoever wrote this story does not.

    If there was ever a man who didn't care about being loved by strangers, it was Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

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