James Simpson


On his book Under the Hammer: Iconoclasm in the Anglo-American Tradition

Cover Interview of April 06, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Iconoclasm is a central strand of Anglo-American modernity.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Once started, iconoclasm is difficult to stop.  It ripples through cultures, into the psyche, and it ripples through history.”

On the second:

“Whereas the Taliban were repudiated as barbaric and “medieval,” I argue that, however barbaric they are, the Taliban share, in their iconoclasm at least, certain similarities to Protestant, Early Modern rather than medieval Europeans.”