The World Cup, whenever it comes, becomes such a part of my everyday that I feel like I have always been watching it, that there is no time when I don't have another contest to look towards or examine after. I walked down the street, and in a shop window, they had a tv. A be-jeweled, track-suited, be-gelled gentleman was standing watching the game, green pitch covered in moving dots. I instinctively stopped. We watched it together for a solid 10 minutes, appreciating our mutual audience, exchanging non-verbal cues at the Italian flopping. This is what I love, and respect, about the WM - it makes us all instant co-spectators. (Btw, If you haven't been reading Zunguzungu's posts on the WM - please go now and make amends.)
- As usual, The Big Picture has amazing photos of the global spectator - including this projection on the Wall.
- In the LRB, Bernard Porter reviews Sasha Polakow-Suransky's "well-researched, readable and (I think) balanced book", The Unspoken Alliance: Israel's Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa.
- David Shulman continues to be an inspiration - his essay on the Flotilla in NYRB is an example of clear-sighted moral activisim.
- Also in review-land is William Dalrymple's re-take on Basharat Peer's memoir Curfewed Night . I say "re-take" because the opening is almost identical to Dalrymple's earlier essay on Kashmir which anticipated Peer's memoir.
- Also in the memoir world is an interview with G. Willow Wilson, comic book writer and traveller - on occasion of her The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam. God I hate all "___ the Veil" headlines.
- Michael Scott Moore's Sweetness and Blood: How Surfing Spread From Hawaii and California to the Rest of the World, With Some Unexpected Results, gets reviewed, and is on my pile of things to read for the summer.
- For the record, All About H. Hatterr is insane - but Happy (late) Bloomsday.
- The end of the Obama Dream is covered in two thoroughly depressing essays: Scott Horton in the Harper's, The Justice Department and the Torture of Maher Arar, June 16 2010 and Tariq Ali's lecture, Obama's War.
- Depressed? Yeah, me too. The Oil Spill, the Ahmadi massacres, LIFE - it has been a rough entrance to summer but the comments on this post made me realize that there always will be sunshine.