Soloman and Hamid

I have a long standing desire to wallop Deborah Soloman. Her latest conversation with writer Mohsin Hamid:

Like your novel, this interview is a conversation between an American listener and a Pakistani man with a beard. Are we also doomed to misunderstanding? Do you think I’m a C.I.A. agent? If you had short hair and a bulge in your jacket, I might assume you were.

Do you think I am mistaking you for a fundamentalist? I don’t know. But you are doing me the honor of trying to understand me.

I don’t know if I trust you. Put that into the piece!

10 Replies to “Soloman and Hamid”

  1. OK, so I finished the book last week, and I’m so annoyed at having wasted an hour of my life that it almost hurts. I wonder if I can sue Hamid for negligent infliction of emotional distress.

  2. Funnily enough, I kind of want to whack both of them senseless with a teaspoon. Maybe even a soup-ladle. The urge sometimes ebbs, but interviews like that escalate it again.

  3. Heard Hamid at his launch last night in DC – at Prose and Politics. Speaks very well, answers impressively. House full – not an empty chair. Bought the authgraphed book – far too expensive at $22, but what the heck. Dalrymple will have to wait till next month…

  4. That was frustrating. Solomon takes a rather antagonistic tone, as if she wants to debate Hamid on something, but in the end she didn’t seem to have any point except for a generalized suspicion of his motives.

    But I LOVED his responses! If I can pull off that kind of coolness in my next pointless argument, I will be happy.

  5. I just read the excerpt of the book and now this interview but I am glad he is saying his(and a lot of other people’s) mind.

  6. I hope there is a special CM review of The Reluctant Fundamentalist? If a book is to be judged by its cover, then…

  7. Wallop, is the way to do it. And if you need any help, just make her stand underneath my window. Now I realize why destiny has put Gray’s Anatomy in my possession.

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