Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Double Treat: Chomsky Interview
I couldn't have asked for a better gift this feative season. First Arundhati, and now Chomsky. Recently voted the world's top public intellectual (buy the latest issue of Tehelka for an in-depth analysis of what makes one) by Prospect magazine, Chomsky sat down with Guardian's Emma Brockes to speak on a host of issues: activism, journalistic ethics, childhood experiences, Bosnia, capitalism. Broadly he maps out in the course of an hour how his whole life has conspired to bring him to do what he's best known for today: speaking up against injustice (though he has a day job as Professor of linguistics). By turns quirky and charming, "vibrating with anger" one moment and smiling the next, Chomsky has a knack for provocativeness. Read this piece for a brief primer on some pertinent issues of our times.