Snow blanketed the streets last night. It looks pretty. Yesterday, though, was nice and sunny. Chicago and weather. What can you even say?
- In NY Review, Pankaj Mishra, spends some time in the Real Afghanistan where he finds that “the new mansions with the architectural adventurousness of Los Angeles belonged to corrupt government officials, often built upon lands stolen from poor Afghans”. And the grim determination that “Afghanistan will again turn into a failed state, this time in the hands of drug cartels and narco-terrorists.”
- TLS features a review of Bernard Porter’s book in Bored by the Raj. I am still halfway through it. “In working-class culture, it was practically invisible. Empire held almost no interest and evoked even less enthusiasm among working-class audiences, readers and voters.” Would Porter be surprised if I called his project the English Subaltern Project? He is, after all, reading the silences of the working class living in the metropoles of England. Hmmm. He may not appreciate it or he may get a kick out of it. He does seem like a genial fellow in the book.
- Kazuo Ishiguro ruminates on England in an interview with the Guardian. “I don’t have a deep link with England like, say, Jonathan Coe or Hanif Kureishi might demonstrate. For me it is like a mythical place.”
- Boston Globe has a piece on how revisionist history and lack of storage space decapitated Mr. Winthropin Boston.
- In the FT piece on the 1921 race riots in Tulsa, OK. “When martial law finally brought quiet, 35 blocks of Tulsa’s north side – with 1,256 houses and 23 churches – had burned to the ground. Hundreds of homes and shops had been looted. Black men had been shot, burned and dragged through the streets.” [via Crooked Timber]
- The Israeli Cabinet has approved the Gaza pullout.
- Finally, look at all the cities on the ole’ Silk Road. Rest Areas not currently notated on the map.