Comedy Central and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of comedy partners. Every time you blow up a British arsenal, or wreck a British jail, or send a British railroad train sky high, or rob a British bank, or let go with your guns and bombs at the British betrayers and invaders of your homeland, the Jews of America make a little holiday in their hearts. The uproar was not confined to Britain: his fellow-countrymen were equally outraged, as, in many cases, were his co-religionists by what seemed to them to be a needless and counter-productive provocation. US government, in particular, needed to be goaded into action. Jewish Lives and focuses sharply on Hecht’s always complex relationship with his own Jewishness. By then, Hecht was already a star in the firmament of young American writing. Having dropped out of college after exactly three days, he had hopped a train to Chicago and within a week found himself working for a major daily newspaper.
Be sure your style is so honest that you can put the word shit into any sentence without fear of consequences. His Girl Friday, it crystallised the myth of journalism which still lingers in the subconscious of anyone who works on a paper. Sandburg and Sherwood Anderson and Wyndham Lewis and Ezra Pound. I have stored against the human race during 28 years of much too intimate contact with it, and much too intimate a knowledge of my own not too blameless soul. His first screenplay, Outlaw, won the first Academy Award ever for Original Story. In the end he kept it, seeing its potential as a doorstop. He was soon earning staggering sums of money. His realisation of the reality of the Holocaust stopped him in his tracks.
He galvanised his friends and colleagues into raising awareness by means of huge shows like We Will Never Die, playing to 40,000 people. Rabbis denounced him from the pulpit, and the captains of his own industry urged him to tone it down. It was then he converted to Zionism, becoming a man possessed, with the results we have seen. Salvador Dalí used his interview to describe a marvellous new kind of orgasm. At the end he was working on a book predicated on the idea that Shakespeare was secretly a Jew. To review certain books seems like an impertinence. It speaks for itself with such clarity, certainty and wisdom that only one thing needs to be said: read it. It is a short book, divided into brief chapters, some no longer than two pages long, each recounting some incident from the author’s prison experience. His arrest was no surprise to him. Dissidence is the Altan family business: Ahmet’s father Çetin, a polemical journalist, novelist, editor and MP, had been apprehended nearly half a century before by an earlier repressive regime.
The joke didn’t go down very well. I would not be able to eat eggs with sausage or drink a glass of wine or go to a restaurant and order fish. I would not be able to watch the sunrise. In the car which took him to prison, the guard offered him a cigarette. He had, he said, no idea where the words came from. There are certain actions and words that are demanded by the events, the dangers and the realities that surround you. His liberty and independence of thought were not effortlessly maintained: whatever your inner fortitude, prison, by its very nature, is crippling. In a matter of 5 hours I had travelled across five centuries to arrive at the dungeons of the Inquisition. The sensory deprivation was immediately disorientating: like Oscar Wilde, he discovered that time ceases to mean anything.
The air and the light in our cage never changed. Each minute was the same as the last. The verdict is handed down: Life, without parole. I will never see a sky unframed by the walls of a courtyard. I walk into the darkness like a god who write his own destiny. My hero and I disappear into the darkness together. Like Odysseus, I will act with heroism and cowardice, with honesty and craftiness. English by his friend Yasemin Congar, I Will Never See the World Again is deeply satisfying in form. From the House of the Dead, and it is not De Profundis.