The Verso Books blog has posted Zizek’s response to John Gray’s incoherent and uncomprehending review, which appeared in the most recent New York Review of Books (along with a shorter response to the stupid Guardian review). He responds in detail to Gray’s claim that Zizek is an anti-Semite, and his answer to the accusation that his philosophy is isomorphic with capitalism is worth quoting:
Anything whatsoever can be proven with such superficial pseudo-Marxist homologies—these homologies, together with Gray’s numerous tendentious distortions, are sad indications of the level of intellectual debate in today’s media. It is Gray’s work which fits perfectly our ideological late-capitalist universe: you ignore totally what the book you are reviewing is about, you renounce any attempt to somehow reconstruct its line of argumentation; instead, you throw together vague text-book generalities, crude distortions of the author’s position, vague analogies, etc.—and, in order to demonstrate your personal engagement, you add to such bric-a-brac of pseudo-deep provocative one-liners the spice of moral indignation (imagine, the author seems to advocate a new holocaust!). Truth doesn’t matter here—what matters is the effect. This is what today’s fast-food intellectual consumers crave for: simple catchy formulas mixed with moral indignation. It amuses you and makes you feel morally good. Gray’s review is not even less than nothing, it is simply a worthless nothing.
I’m on pace to finish the book by the end of the month, at which point I’ll be putting together a review for Global Comment — I think I stand a decent chance of being the first reviewer to actually read the whole thing.