Monday, June 22, 2015
A POINT OF VIEW - Clive James
Between 2007 and 2009 Clive James was one of several people who took part in a 10 minute slot on the BBC espousing their views on various topics- A Point of View.
This book is the collection of the 60 broadcasts. The original text is printed and then there is a post script added by the author prior to this being published.
As normal with anything Jamesien its brilliant-funny, cynical, well researched and hits its target every time.
There are myriad of topics covered- Harry Potter, the golf ball potato crisp, Dairy of a London Call Girl, soccer (football). My favourite started about futurologist Herman Khan. Herman was prone to making claims about the future, what will be happening in 20 or 25 or 35 years times. Clive concludes the most impressive thing about Hermie was it made Hermie sound impressive and that is all. The topic then segues into climate change. Clive and I agree on the " man made climate change" brouhaha , we are not fans.
There is something for everyone here- I believe the programmes themselves are still up on his web site- www.clivejames.com.
Lastly, not wishing an earlier demise than is already underway for Mr James, who is very ill, I will mourn him for the fact the the world needs quick witted intelligent cynics like him and Hitchens.
When you read both they make you realize we humans are rather puffed up dweebs who need to laugh more at ourselves.
This collection is gold.