- Today, November 18th, 2007’s New York Time op-ed page is the absolute worst piece of printed tripe. ever. I know I haven’t read every op-ed page ever printed, but I am sure I can defend my assertion. Exhibit A: Shake, Rattle and Roll by Maureen Dowd. Exhibit B: Channeling Dick Cheney by Thomas Friedman. Exhibit C: Pakistan’s Collapse, Our Problem by Frederick Kagan and Michael O’Hanlon.
The particular insanities are beyond my capacity to explain without a healthy dosage of curses. On the bright side, next I ever hear any of my liberal colleagues tell me about NYT as the last bastion of hope, I know where to send them. Also, if any of my conservative colleagues needed a fair debunking of NYT’s liberal “bias”, I know where to send them too.
- Avishai Margalit’s A Moral Witness to the ‘Intricate Machine’, in the NYRB deserves your attention. It is a review of David Shulman’s Dark Hope: Working for Peace in Israel and Palestine, a thought-provoking and powerful piece of writing that really resonated with me. David Shulman, the scholar, was already an admired figure but David Shulman, the activist, has a humanism and sense of duty that I can only aspire to. I have been meaning to review it since the summer and still have hopes.
- Also in the NYRB is William Dalrymple’s The Most Magnificent Muslims – a review of three books on Mughals. I don’t share Dalrymple’s enthusiasm for Lal’s Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World but the review is worth a read for all.
- Zizek’s Resistance is Surrender, in the LRB, is his slow steps towards a Gandhian alternative.