Yesterday and today were probably two of the most beautiful days we will have until April. Glorious blue sky. Warm winter sun. Luckily, I was able to enjoy both days outside, even though many, many tasks demanded I remain couped in a room in front of an LCD screen (theory of pedagogy, my behind).
- In the NYT, DFW unfurls on Edwin Williamson’s bio of Borges (yes, with footnotes). It sucks, DFW concludes*, though the history of Argentine politics and literature is quiet good.
- The Hindu carries an interview with Sarnath Banerjee, author of India’s first graphic novel Corridor. Looks like comic/graphic format is about to hit big. It should.
- J. M. Coetzee reviews Philip Roth’s alternative historical novel of America in the NYRB. And suggests that Borges would have done a better job with the history in the book.
- Philip Pullman, in the Guardian, writes that theocracies don’t know how to read, democracies do. All the examples of theocracies he cites are Islamic (from Iran and Saudi Arabia), though he calls the Soviets as the biggest theocratic regime. The case is weak to me and I would amend his statement to “bureaucracies” don’t know how to read. Oh, and he also picks up on “My Pet Goat”. Michael Moore be proud. You have started the first true meme of the 21st century – from Osama b. Laden to Philip Pullman. THE Pet Goat will remain infamous forever. Oh, and Pullman needs to chill, the President didn’t pick that book, it’s just a chapter-book in a reading series.
*of course, DFW doesn’t say that outright.