Friday, March 6, 2009

Invasion


France has invaded the United States. Bernard-Henri Lévy has decided to spend six months a year here.

What did we do to deserve this? Oh, yeah--we fomented a banking crisis that has plunged the entire world into depression. Still, this retaliation seems to punish the innocent along with the guilty.

And how about that sign?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW! That is really harsh!
Noone deserves 6 months a year of BHL, let alone unsuspecting New Yorkers...
After a few decades with him, French people have grown somewhat immune to him.

I really hope he won't be given too much attention here in the US. Il a déjà fait suffisamment de dégâts pour l'image des Français la dernière fois qu'il est passé chez Jon Stewart pour présenter le dernier bouquin qu'il avait commis en se prenant pour le nouveau Tocqueville...

TexExile said...

Was it Jefferson who said, 'I tremble for my country'? I guess six months a year of Levy is a fitting (if tardy) retaliation for eight years of Bush. But New Yorkers never voted for GWB, so perhaps BHL should settle in Atlanta or Dallas...

Still, I count on my motherland's robust anti-intellectualism to keep BHL in check. Clearly, it has its uses.

Unknown said...

Droll, Tex, but, you see, the problem is that Lévy has figured out how to pass himself off as a celebrity, or "un pipole," as they say in French, and this defeats healthy down-home anti-intellectual instincts. People somehow get the idea that Lévy is someone whose name they ought to know, and there he is, one day in the Times, the next day with David Letterman or Charlie Rose, the next on the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal, and before you know it, he's as famous as Zsa Zsa Gabor was in my childhood, and for much the same reason: nobody knows why, but these people are just always "there."

Anonymous said...

1. the sign is eloquent.
2. grrrrrrrrrrr.
3. thanks for the warning.

Unknown said...

Finally some good news...
Less of Levy in France, see, not everything is going badly.

Well, actually if you look long term, I'm pretty sure he'll manage to get considered as an "intellectual" in the US (how long until some PhD dissertation is written about him? this may have already been done) and that can't be good, neither for France nor for "French studies"