My sister and I went to see Noam Chomsky give a talk in Manchester today, to a crowd of about 1000 people. It was a typical Chomsky topic, but he had a very engaging style, and subtle, dry humor. One of the things I find amusing in Chomsky’s writing is that certain facts and phrases always crop up. Today we had to wait until the questions and answers session before he managed to slightly digress and get in all the mandatory bits. A Chomsky drinking game or bingo board might just work… I’ve been looking forward to this talk for six months or so, and it didn’t disappoint.
One strange thing is that, according to rumor, Chomsky’s hosts took him out for lunch, not at one of Manchester’s many excellent ethical/organic/veggie restaurants, but “Harvey Nicks”! I suppose he would have been able to eat unrecognised and unhassled.