“American Conversation with Global Attitude”
A fortnight after the Boston Marathon bomb, we’re still avoiding an obvious connection. These diabolical attacks parody, feed on and promote the sick illogic of “shock and awe” and the drone-war trend, in which President Obama has been leading us in just the wrong Orwellian direction.
What's in the name the new Pope Francis chose for himself. A lot, it turns out. And what is the "ethos" of the Jesuits who trained him. Listen here.
Kevin Powers on his searing Iraq War novel, "The Yellow Birds." In the great anti-war tradition, doesn't it also feed our fascination with folly?
Rand Paul's anti-drone filibuster looks (to the Yale wiseman David Bromwich) like a model of left-right "convergence" against our "permanent war."
The knockout cultural event of my winter has been the ART production of Tennesee Williams’ first big hit, The Glass Menagerie, from 1944 – with the amazing Cherry Jones as Mama Wingfield and the TV-movie star Zachary Quinto as young Tom, aka Tennessee, who’s desperate to get out of the house and live his life. The play in Cambridge is all compounded now with my first visit to Key West and Ernest Hemingway’s house and reimmersion in the big novels, starting with For Whom The Bell Tolls (1940). I’ve entered a new Hemingway Period in my head, but Tennessee Williams is in there, too – holding his own with Papa around ideas of manhood, masculinity, masculinism and issues that resound in 2013 not least around guns and gun control, drone wars and who we are in the world.
Geoff Dyer is an omni-buff talker-essayist on jazz, art, literature & travel. His example says: be brave, relax, we can all make sense of everything.
The Revolution in Egypt is very much alive, resonating oddly like a dark work of art, a collective version of Picasso's "Guernica."
BEIRUT: Artist-historian Greg Buchakjian argues that continuous warfare since 1945 is the Middle East's real problem, and "revolution" hasn't deflected it.