Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Jus for the goose

Agnès Poirier writing in today's Guardian:

Let us be clear: there may be intellectuals in Britain, but there are no British intellectuals

To say, for instance, Paris hasn't bred any worthy intellectuals since Camus ... is at best terribly short-sighted, at worst profoundly ill-informed.
So it is fine to make absurd generalisations about the British, but "profoundly ill-informed" to do it about the French? A little consistency please, Madame.

Still, many Guardian readers will love it.


Peter Pigeon said...

I don't think Camus was bred in Paris either

Joe Otten said...

I tried reading some Camus once. It seemed laboriously confused.

Lobster Blogster said...

The first is not an absurd generalisation, just a statement along the lines that Britain attracts foreign intellectuals, but cannot grow her own.

I'm far too ill-informed to comment on the second.

Sorry to add though, I can't stand the Guardian. I can spot poor logic when I see it though...

Anonymous said...

Well the Camus novels are great.

I have to admit that with a front row of Foucault, Levi-Straus and Barthes the French can field a pretty formidable pack.