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TNR Editor Wieseltier Takes On New Atheism, Calls Hitchens a "Buffoon"

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2010/03/04/Leon_Wieseltier_in_Conversation Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of The New Republic, weighs in on modern atheism, which he describes as a result of the "coarse" religiosity practiced by evangelicals and strongly religious public figures like George W. Bush. "I take Dawkins seriously," he says. "I think Hitchens is a buffoon." ----- For over 25 years, Leon Wieseltier has been the literary editor of The New Republic. In that capacity, he has worked with some of the leading writers of our time. He regularly pens TNR's Washington Diary column and has established himself as one of the most important and erudite critics at work today. He is also the author of the widely acclaimed Jewish theological rumination Kaddish. - CUNY Leon Wieseltier is a American writer, critic, and magazine editor. Since 1983 he has been the literary editor of The New Republic. Wieseltier was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended the Yeshivah of Flatbush, Columbia University, Oxford University, and Harvard University, and was a member of Harvard's Society of Fellows from 1979-1982. Wieseltier has published several fictional and non-fictional books. Kaddish, a National Book Award finalist in 2000, is a genre-blending meditation on the Jewish prayers of mourning. Against Identity is a collection of thoughts about the modern notion of identity.
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