I like detective stories. Henning Mankell says that character is revealed in moments of crime, or something like that, and he uses his detective novels, many of which are also films, to talk about politics, too. Which makes me feel better about it, as if simple pleasure is not enough. I’ve watched all the Scandinavian … More as if simple pleasure is not enough
Today BBC had a program discussing Iran’s election. I sent this question and they read it on the air………. How can we have a discussion about the stolen election in Iran without mentioning the two stolen elections in the US? The primary difference seems to be that the Iranian people are more serious about democracy … More my question about the Iranian election
We are happy, happy, happy about Obama. We can hardly believe it’s true. We are not used to an election that allows our side to win. Are those neo-cons small enough yet to be drowned in a bathtub?
> “A few days ago I heard a performance of the Sibelius fifth symphony. As the closing bars approached, I experienced exactly the large, swelling emotion that the music was written to elicit. What would it have been like, I wondered, to be a Finn in the audience at the first performance of the symphony … More >Coetzee and being American
>Today I got an email petition from a relative. Sign this if you want to save our Social Security system from illegal aliens. I try to stay away from these things. I don’t want to argue over whether it should be called a Christmas tree or a holiday tree (my cousin from Texas) or whether … More >pick your battles
>They’re killing monks in Burma today. Monks, reporters and unarmed demonstrators. The journalist reporting the story said that people appeared to believe that once the United States knew about it, we’d do something to help.