The ICC World Twenty20 is currently underway in South Africa. It is exciting and exhilarating and droves of fans are watching this most amazing and necessary rejuvenating elixir pumped into the staid, old, decrepit body of Cricket. Or so they tell me. I really cannot be bothered. Apparently the India-Pakistan match ended in a tie which is resolved with a “bowl-out”. A bowl-out. India won the match “3-0”. ˈdəbəlˌyoō. tē. ef.
A lot of my cricket playing happened in the short-form [25 overs a side] and we never had a bowl-out. A bowl-out sounds like some type of TV-producer inspired madness – oh wait, the ICC rules clearly state that “the host television broadcaster shall be consulted as to which end of the ground the bowlers should bowl from”. Ye Gods. Bring on the cheerleaders.
- At some point, I will like to read and review Lilla’s The Still-Born God. Until then, you can see what NYT’s Goldstein thinks of it. Judging from the excerpt, I am disinclined to take kindly to Lilla’s claim of exceptionalism – in regards to both the American experience of God and politics and the Islamic world in general.
- Another review worth reading is Megan Marshall’s A Life Less Ordinary on Linda Colley’s The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History: “The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh” is a dazzling performance of historical scholarship that reveals just enough of what Colley describes in her acknowledgments as “the ordeal of tracking Elizabeth Marsh” to allow readers the sense that they too are on the trail of this compulsively itinerant woman.”
- Ian Buruma, in the NYRB, reviews the papa neocon’s latest, “me, why would they listen to you?
- Sanjay Subrahmanyam is in the LRB, reviewing a couple of recent books that look delightfully snark-worthy. I don’t know what he says, because I don’t have a subscription. If anyone does, do send me a pdf. And if you do, also send me the essay done by Bernard Porter a few weeks back in the LRB. Good deal? Also in LRB is Perry Anderson’s Depicting Europe – which you can, and should, read.
- Any CM readers want to do a book club on David Leavitt’s The Indian Clerk? Maybe Bloomsbury USA can throw a couple of review copies our way? eh?
- Chicago has played host to the annual ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) forever but I have never attended. But after reading Samaha’s accounts – I especially recommend Invasion of the ISNA Deaniacs – maybe, I should have gone this year.
- And finally, Bill O’Reilly is making sense of it all.