I will leave it your own judgment whether the attack on me years ago in Salon, by someone who lives in Malibu, has any merit. But please be informed that I have never supported the Democrats (you can see my attack on their recent politics in the latest New Left Review). I keep a portrait of Durutti not Hilary Clinton on my desk.best - mike daiv
I got my information about Mike Davis and the Democrats from an article in Counterpunch awhile back. I think it had to do with the Nader campaign. I will look it up. If not I stand corrected. By Mike Davis himself?
In the Counterpunch that one gets in the mail there was article entitled:Mike Davis Won't You Please Calm Down!; California's Cataclysmicist Running Scared2003 (not sure which issue October maybe?)I think this is where I got the information about his support of the Dems. Maybe in the California race or Kerry? Not sure. Here's a link to his piece in NLR on the Democrats after the fall elections. The Democrats after November:http://newleftreview.org/?page=article&view=2651
I remember this hit-piece. I recall reading some response of Davis toit. He handled himself pretty well. I suspect that the author of thisreview of Davis's critics -- not a review of the book -- hasn't read thebooks under attack, or does not know how to read books like this. Isuspect that some of the others haven't quite got around to it either.Frankly, they seem to miss the point. There's a point at which theauthor complains about Davis's mistaking of a Christian for a Jewishman, and then comments, in parentheses, something like "Davis says hehas admitted the mistake." We can't even hear that he admits a mistake-- only that he claims that he has admitted it. How unwilling do youhave to be to cut a guy some slack to write a sentence like that? Davis: I made a mistakeReviewer: Aha! Prove that you admit the mistake you just admitted to!Davis: Are you a Dada-ist?And go take a look at Bunker Hill -- without a car -- and tell mewhether it is closer to Davis's description, or if it's the great Latinogathering and mingling place this author suggests. I suppose some ofthis is a matter of taste in architecture, but Davis can't be so easilydismissed.Paul
Sorry I posted my comment twice --I figured I already screwed up, so I will make a third comment apologizing for the mistake. Some might claim that I am claiming to apologize, but let me say right now that I am apologizing. Oh, and pick up Late Victorian Holocausts. Paul
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