Just after we got the surprise apology and retraction of the Emma Brockes' doctored interview with Noam Chomsky from the Guardian, we get this miserable hatchet job* on Kurt Vonnegut in the Weekend Australian. Or there is the shorter and even worse version, titled US author lauds suicide bombers. First of all, the interviewer David Nason is some utterly shallow clueless boob who finds Vonnegut's world view viscerally distasteful and hasn't even bothered to read Vonnegut's work before interviewing him. Then the "interview is 75% Nason and 25% Vonnegut. To top it off, Nason spends most of the article measuring him against the standards of his own self-righteous emotional correctness.
Now this Vonnegut "interview" has already started to generate a predictable wave of Vonnegut bashing even on the left similar to the earlier rounds of attacks on Ward Churchill. Any understanding of why the insurgents are fighting us in Iraq, other than "they hate us for our freedom" must be attacked and the person expressing the view must be ritually cast out from the world of civilized discourse. Contrast this piece of crap with a real interview of Vonnegut in In These Times.
And speaking of Ward Churchill, there is a good interview with him, Racism is a cowering thing in the new issue of Briarpatch.
And there is still another interesting (but short) interview with Patti Smith in this week's Village Voice about the 30th Anniversary of Horses.
*Thanks to Counago & Spaves for the reference.