Andrew O’Hagen’s poorly edited Ghosting should have been subheaded how to tame a rebel by turning him into a celebrity.
O’Hagen’s career now seems devoted to alive-or-dead celebrities. I’ve recently come across articles by him on Norman Mailer and Christopher Hitchens.
He accuses Assange of narcissism and obsessiveness with his celebrity status. How ironic. The intense self-justification of Ghosting attests to narcissism. As for celebrity, isn’t O’Hagen one? A rebel who’s been tamed.
Assange both wanted and fought against establishment assimilation. That was the basis for the turmoil he created. O’Hagen has no such problems. He’s opted for the one-dimensional solution.
Welcome to the London Literary Zoo, owned by publishers, run by editors and agents. Keepers like O’Hagen clean the cages and feel self-important. As the tight hippie would say: “It’s so bourgeois”.