Does he still write? Does any one know? Or care?
Someone (was it BaldJean or Friede?) was saying the other day about history being the victor's tale, but sometimes the reverse is true as well. Karl Marx for instance has gone through it from both sides and survived in various levels of popularity if only in academia
Marx wrote:"The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles."
What's viewed as beyond the pale in some eras is acceptable in others. Nobody can read every book in existence, so everyone to some extent is self-censoring in what they select to read and what they reject. How awful if nobody had ever read The Communist Party Manifesto or Das Kapital. Communism's got a tarnished rep these days but what a concept to miss out on! That everyone could be equal! Amazing - for all the wrong practical reasons maybe, because we're all venal competitive opportunistic story-telling apes who are all, almost to a man, woman, child and third sex, extremely good at deluding ourselves on just how great we are. But he changed the world and gave the 'masses' more than opium, religion and especially TV to chew over whilst they sank back into apathy.
Would you say the same thing about Mein Kampf or The Little Red Book? Are they not great in their own way? They're both certainly important and should be read - how else to study and learn how a nation can be deluded, manipulated and coaxed into euphoria, hysteria and finally selective dementia on a glorious road to Lebensraum through genocide and the systemic debasement and destruction of knowledge through racial dynamism and endeavour (both Germans and Jews). Or forced several generations into controlling and limiting the number of children they give birth to and penalised them heavily for not doing so, by being kept in poverty and enslavement in all but name in a totalitarian society that claimed to be equal for all...?
Where do you start saying - I won't read that? In the end it's all down to your own tastes and preference and all that I've said is complete and utter tosh, because, as much as some of those books really are important, however much they might be completely and utterly deranged and warped, I would never read them in a million years, or certainly in my allotted time, because their effects are already amongst us and I don't want to read them, even if I was attracted to them in any way whatsoever. Why not - honest reason? They'd bore the tits off me I don't need to read them.
Great as my admiration and 'affection' is for pooh's opinions, he could no more convince me that I should read Richard Dawkins than I could ask him to read the Silmarillion every night for an hour (I wouldn't wish on that on my worst enemy acutally, because I couldn't do it either! ). I'm an atheist too but I won't read a syllable of Dawkins god-busting literature from what I know of him, because I think on that subject he's an obnoxious, 'down your throat bigot', who's as bad in his way as the Rev. Ian Paisley and gives atheism a bad name... Plus reading about religion (or why there shouldn't be any) gives me a headache unless it's patently impossible, mythic or ridiculous, or all three, which actually means I could probably read most things and have in some respects. How can people get passionate about total bollocks?
Give me something unbelievable to believe in - now that's a real challenge and why I love fantasy