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Thursday, April 27, 2006

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Harold Pinter has a mutual friend of Peter Handke's: Slobodan Milosevic. Peter Handke, for those of you who don't know him, is a special kind of Franco-German intellectual or politician who is doing everything all the time. You might know him as the writer of "Wings of Desire". If it is 3 months since you last heard of a new Handke play, book, diary, screenplay, or TV program, doctors recommend that you call an ambulance, then check his pulse. At Slobo's funeral, Handke declared himself "happy to be close to Milosevic, who defended his people," and was seen by Le Nouvel Observateur brandishing the Serbian flag, rushing to the hearse, and placing a red rose on it. The indispensable Sign and Sight summarizes nicely Handke's view of Slobo.